Showtime’s First Ladies reportedly cast a huge star as Michelle Obama, and she’s perfect
We couldn’t be more excited if we tried. Deadline is reporting that legendary actress Viola Davis has been cast as legendary former first lady Michelle Obama in Showtime’s upcoming series First Ladies. First Ladies seems to be in the early stages of its development, but here’s what we do know about this potentially groundbreaking series.
The series will be set in the East Wing of the White House, which serves as the first lady’s offices—as opposed to the storied, typically more visible West Wing, which serves as the president’s domain.
The East Wing, says Deadline, is “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,” and “the series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes, with Season 1 focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.”
Proud to spotlight these brave, extraordinary women! #FirstLadies https://t.co/Q5WktTR4sX— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 26, 2019
In addition to starring in the one-hour drama, which Showtime has given a three-script commitment, Davis will also take on an executive producer role via JuVee Productions, the production company she runs with her husband Julius Tennon.
This massive casting news comes hot on the heels of the launch of Higher Ground Productions, the real-life Obamas’ production company. Their first film, American Factory, is now streaming on Netflix.
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Watching #AmericanFactory, I thought a lot about my dad. That blustery Midwestern weather, the shift workers in their uniforms—it’s what he lived every day. His work was his pride and his sense of purpose; it’s what allowed him to pay the bills and send his two kids to college. I saw a lot of that dignity in this film; a spirit that connects us no matter if we’re in Chicago or Ohio, no matter what we look like or what our background is. This documentary portrays that pride, and adds in all sorts of depth and layers and complications, which makes it exactly the kind of storytelling Barack and I hope to accomplish with Higher Ground Productions. We want to help foster an ability to see ourselves in each other’s stories. That’s something we talked about with Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who directed American Factory, over coffee. See for yourself at the link in the bio and then check out their excellent documentary, which is now streaming on @Netflix. A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Aug 21, 2019 at 9:32am PDT
No word yet on who will be cast as First Ladies’ Roosevelt and Ford. But if Davis’s stellar track record is any indication—she’s one of only 15 artists in history to EGOT (no, it’s not just a 30 Rock joke)—she’ll do a stellar job portraying the ever-inspiring Obama.
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