First Ladies: Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in Showtime Drama

Kayti Burt Aug 26, 2019

The series will look at American history's presidencies through the lens of First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama.

Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama in First Ladies, a one-hour drama in development at Showtime that will look at American history's presidencies through the female lens of the first ladies.. According to Deadline, the series is being fast-tracked, with Davis on board as both a star and executive producer on the project. Showtime has given the project a three-script commitment.

First Ladies is being written by Aaron Cooley, who has written the novels Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court and The Guns of Ridgewood. According to Deadline, it is "set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies.
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