The supporting cast includes Angela Bassett, Rick Yune, Melissa Leo, Cole Hauser, Han Soto, and Ashley Judd as the First Lady. The two biggest roles aside from Butler's, though, are the President and the Speaker of the House, played by Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, respectively.
One of the two new images that debuted at Yahoo! Movies today shows Eckhart and Freeman looking casual in the Oval Office, while the other features Butler looking very much like a Secret Service agent. Then, of course, there's the new banner.
In IAR's visit to the Olympus Has Fallen mixing stage, director Antoine Fuqua, best known as the helmer of Training Day and Brooklyn's Finest, explained to IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick and assorted entertainment journalists, "We spent a lot of time discussing with people in Washington who will remain anonymous, how would you really attack the White House? That is what appealed to me when I first read the script, and I thought, that is kind of fun and we need to scare the shit out of Washington. Because in New York we dropped our guard so now since 9/11 you believe that we can be vulnerable to this type of thing. If someone was smart enough to use our tools and our freedom against us, they can get in and do what they want. There is a quote we always say that you might see on a poster or something down the line: it’s not a matter of IF … it’s a matter of WHEN. It’s a balance because it is supposed to be fun and it is a “take over the White House” movie but I wanted to make it feel authentic. I wanted you to believe this could happen, and I want you to think about that.”
Read Philbrick's full account of his mixing stage visit by clicking right here.
Olympus Has Fallen arrives in theaters on March 22nd.