Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in Showtime Series ‘First Ladies’

Photo: Viola Davis – John Russo, Michelle Obama – Miller Mobley

Showtime has given a series order to hour-long drama First Ladies which will star Viola Davis as former FLOTUS Michelle Obama.

First Ladies will look at the East Wing of the White House and chronicle the personal and political lives of the United States’ first ladies. Viewers will get a closer look at the impact the presidents’ wives have had on our leaders and country at large.

The series’ first season will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

“Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself.” said Showtime’s President of Entertainment Jana Winograde. “First Ladies fits perfectly within the SHOWTIME wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events. Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series.”

Davis, an Emmy, Oscar and Tony award actress, currently stars in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. The series will conclude this May.

She shared a post on Instagram today captioning her excitement: “Sooo proud!!! Honoring and elevating these powerful, worthy Queens with respect.”

Davis will executive produce alongside her husband Julius Tennon under their production company JuVee productions. Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin, Brad Kaplan and Aaron Cooley, who created the series and will write, will all also executive produce. Showtime and Lionsgate TV will co-produce.

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