When an Oscar-winning actress and a beloved former First Lady come together, the result can only be television gold — and that’s exactly what we’re expecting from a new Showtime drama set in the White House.
Viola Davis will be playing Michelle Obama in “First Ladies,” a series that chronicles the women who helped shape their husbands’ presidencies from behind the scenes, and left enduring legacies of their own. Here’s the scoop on the project, according to Deadline:
‘First Ladies’ 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. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.
Davis will serve as an executive producer on the project, alongside her husband Julius Tennon and their JuVee Productions banner. Author Aaron Cooley (novels “Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court,” “The Guns of Ridgewood”) is penning the series, which has already received a three-script order from Showtime.
It’s unclear how many episodes will focus on each First Lady, and who will be playing Roosevelt and Ford. But Davis as Obama is all the knowledge we need to know that we’ll be tuning in for “First Ladies” no matter what.
The series has been fast-tracked into development by Showtime. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.