Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in FIRST LADIES Series in Development at Showtime

Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in FIRST LADIES Series in Development at Showtime
Oscar winner Viola Davis ("Fences", "Widows", "The Help") has signed on to star as former First Lady Michelle Obama in Showtime's upcoming drama series titled "First Ladies".

Written and executive produced by "Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court" and "The Guns of Ridgewood" author Aaron Cooley, the show will explore the personal and political lives of presidents' wives throughout American history. The focus will be 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 first season will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

The series hails from Showtime and Lionsgate Television. Davis will also executive produce alongside Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions, Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment, Jeff Gaspin of Gaspin Media, and Brad Kaplan of LINK Entertainment.

Davis can be seen next in the upcoming sixth and final season of "How to Get Away With Murder", and is set to star alongside Chadwick Boseman in a Netflix film adaptation of August Wilson's play "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom". She will also reprise her role in the "Suicide Squad" sequel.

Viola Davis recently executive produced the documentary "Emanuel", about the 2015 mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church, and she will also executive produce "Fast Color", a TV series based on the 2018 sci-film of the same name, which starred Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Strathairn.


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