Butter The Movie

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Cast

Jennifer Garner as Laura Pickler

Jennifer Garner is a Golden Globe, Screen Actor’s Guild and People’s Choice Award-winning actress for her performance in “Alias.” Over the course of the show’s five-season run, Garner was nominated four times for an Emmy®, four times for a Golden Globe and twice for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of CIA double-agent Sydney Bristow.

Garner was most recently seen in Disney’s fantasy film THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, directed by Peter Hedges and co-starring Joel Edgerton and Ron Livingston; the film was released on August 15th, 2012.

On the live stage she received rave reviews for her recent revival of Roxanne in the 2007 Broadway production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” opposite Kevin Kline.

In 2005 Garner started her own production company with her personal assistant of many years, Juliana Janes. The company, Vandalia Films, is named after the original name for Garner’s home state, West Virginia. BUTTER marks the first theatrical release for Vandalia Films. Currently in development are ARRANGED with Mark Gordon and director Gary Winnick, and the adaptation of Jane Fallon’s book Got You Back. In addition to their theatrical projects, Vandalia Films just signed a first look production deal with ABC Television.

Garner’s film credits include the critical and commercial hit JUNO, which won an abundance of awards including a Broadcast Film Critics Association and Independent Spirit Award for Best Comedy and Best Feature Film, respectively; ARTHUR; VALENTINE’S DAY; THE INVENTION OF LYING; GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST; THE KINGDOM; CATCH AND RELEASE; the smash hit 13 GOING ON 30; the superhero blockbuster DAREDEVIL and its spin-off, ELEKTRA; PEARL HARBOR; and DUDE WHERE’S MY CAR?

Garner recently announced her Artist Ambassadorship with Save the Children’s US Programs. As an ambassador for Save the Children’s US Programs, Garner will focus on advocating for the expansion of the organizations early education program.

Garner is currently serving as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena and is featured in its national television and print campaigns. She was born in Houston, Texas, raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.

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Overview

The setting: a closely watched contest in Iowa, the heartland of America and, to some, the bellwether of the nation. Initially, a win seems all but assured for the poised candidate with the famous name and a legacy to claim. But then, the twist: a rival emerges, fresh-faced, appealing, effortlessly charismatic. Suddenly, it’s anybody’s game.

A tale of competition at its most cut-throat, BUTTER surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. She is first in line on sign-up day, only to see her odds of victory fall below 100% with the arrival of an unlikely yet formidable contender: 10-year-old Destiny (Yara Shahidi), the African-American foster child of local couple Julie and Ethan (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). And that’s not all. Bob’s would-be mistress, bad-girl stripper Brooke (Olivia Wilde) also declares her candidacy, as does his #1 fan, Carol-Ann (Kristen Schaal).

Facing three opponents, mocked by her stepdaughter Kaitlen (Ashley Greene) and furious with her husband, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to win. And if that means resorting to sabotage – and recruiting her dim-witted former boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman) as a co-conspirator—then so be it.

In the tradition of BEST IN SHOW and ELECTION, BUTTER can be enjoyed as a straightforward, albeit merrily twisted, comedy about American life and culture. But Laura Pickler probably wouldn’t be surprised if the liberal media views BUTTER as a veiled commentary on the larger world of politics. BUTTER is directed by Jim Field Smith from a screenplay by Jason Micallef. The producers are Michael De Luca, Jennifer Garner and Alissa Phillips, and the executive producers are Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Kelly Carmichael, Benjamin Ormand and Juliana Janes.