Viola Davis Takes On Michelle Obama In The New Series "The First Lady"

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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There's a brand new show being released soon on Showtime called "First Lady," and Academy-Award Viola Davis is taking on the role of Michelle Obama.

Showtime's new series is described as "a revelatory reframing of American leadership through the lens of the First Ladies." The show will cover the lives and careers of three women whose husbands served as President in the White House: Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

See the First Glimpse of Viola Davis as Michelle Obama

Viola Davis is the perfect person to play Michelle Obama, and we can see glimpses of her role in the new trailer. We can see moments of dramatic scenes where Barack Obama (played by O-T Fagbenle) says, "I can't have you backseat driving" as well as Michelle Obama asking, "They want to turn me into a black Martha Stewart?"

The costume, hair, and makeup have transformed Viola into a very accurate, convincing representation of Michelle Obama.

The trailer also shows Michelle Pfeiffer playing Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. It seems as though each storyline packs its own drama and intensity, which is exactly what the show promises since it focuses on the "personal and political lives of the country's most enigmatic heroes."

Viola Davis executive produces the show with JuVee Productions, a company that she runs with her husband Julius Tennon. The series will premiere on April 17 on Showtime.

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