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


A new portrayal of Michelle Obama is heading to TV—with an Oscar winner slated for the role. Variety reports that Viola Davis will play the former First Lady in an upcoming Showtime anthology series called First Ladies.

Davis and her partner Julius Tennon will also executive produce the project through their company JuVee Productions. The series is in development with a three-episode commitment and will follow the lives of former FLOTUSes Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betty Ford. Variety provides this description of the show:

"First Ladies will turn it lens on the East Wing of the White House, as opposed to the West, 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 sixth and final season of Davis's ABC series How to Get Away with Murder, for which she won an Emmy in 2015, will premiere on September 25. It seems that she'll be stepping into another high-powered woman's shoes soon after.

Although Davis hasn't commented on the casting news yet, she does have some history with the Becoming author. Back in 2017, days before the inauguration, Davis posted a photo of herself and Obama, captioned, "@MichelleObama, may you continue to shine your light and impact future generations to come! #TBT."

In January, Davis wished Obama happy birthday and referred to her as, "My sis!" So it's safe to assume Michelle is as down with this casting choice as we are.

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