Showtime’s new anthology series, “The First Lady,” tells the stories of Washington DC’s first ladies, and they’ve hit the jackpot in perfect casting. Viola Davis — who is also primed to executive produce the series along with JuVee Productions, the company she runs with her husband, Julius Tennon — has signed on to star as Michelle Obama in the drama series’ first season. If there were levels to Black Girl Magic, this would be some top-tier sorcery that we can wholeheartedly get behind!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate and JuVee Productions have teamed up to develop the drama series, which will focus on the “personal and political lives of the country’s most enigmatic heroes.” Season one will follow Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and of course, Michelle Obama. The series was originally on order for three scripts, but since then, Showtime has ordered a full season, having it join other network series including “The L Word,” “Shameless,” and “On Becoming a God in Central Florida.”
Also on board are Lexi Underwood, who will play Malia Obama; Dakota Fanning, who will play Susan Ford; O-T Fagbenle who will play Barack Obama; Michelle Pfeiffer who will play Betty Ford; and Gillian Anderson who will play Eleanor Roosevelt; For a first look at Davis as Obama, watch the first trailer ahead. “The First Lady” premieres on Showtime on April 17.
“The First Lady” Trailer