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

The Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis will portray Michelle Obama in a new series which will highlight the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout history.

Alongside Obama, the first season will also provide an understanding of the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford.

Davis and her husband Julius Tennon will also serve as executive producers on the show, under their company JuVee Productions. 

The show will also see Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin and Brad Kaplan join as executive producers.

Plus, it will be set in the White House’s residential East Wing rather than the West, with an insight on how many historical decisions were made behind the scenes.

On Twitter, Davis expresses her excitement about taking on the new role, adding that she was “proud to spotlight” the incredible women at the centre of the show.

“@MichelleObama, may you continue to shine your light and impact future generations to come!” the caption reads.

It is not yet known when the show is likely to be released, but Deadline reports that the drama’s first three episodes have been put on fast-track development at Showtime.

Davis’ new role as Michelle Obama comes as she wraps up her six-season run as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder, the final season of which will start airing at the end of September.

With regards to her career, Davis’ other iconic roles include her appearance as Veronica in 2018 hit Widows and her Oscar-award winning performance as Rose Maxson in 2016’s Fences.

Further updates to follow.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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