Oscar winner Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama in Showtime’s First Ladies series. She will also become the executive producer of the picture.
The project will tell about the personal and political life of the wives of American presidents in different eras. The events of the show will unfold in the East wing of the White House – a two-story building, which, as a rule, houses the first lady and her assistants. It was there, as the creators of the series say, “the complex, charismatic and dynamic first ladies made many decisions that later changed the world.”
The first season will be dedicated to Eleanor Roosevelt (wife of 32nd U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt), Betty Ford (wife of 38th U.S. President Gerald Ford) and Michelle Obama (wife of the first U.S. President Barack Obama).
The screenwriter and producer of the project is Aaron Cooley (Bloody Stream, Twelve). Other details are still unknown.
In the fall, the sixth and final season of the series How to Avoid Punishment for Murder starts, in which Davis plays a major role.