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Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in Showtime Series

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Actress Viola Davis is set to play former First Lady, Michelle Obama in a hour-long drama, “First Ladies.”  The show will reveal what happens behind the scenes, politically and personally while in the White House.  The first season’s stories will be based on not only Michelle Obama’s experiences, but also Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford.

Showtime president of entertainment Jana Winograde announced the pickup.

“Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself,” said Winograde.  “’First Ladies’ fits perfectly within the Showtime wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events. Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series.”

Author Aaron Cooley, who created the series, will act as executive producer and writer, along executive producers: Davis’s husband Julius Tennon, Oscar winner Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin, and Brad Kaplan. Davis will also executive produce the series alongside JuVee Productions.
The Obamas themselves have entered the content production business with their recently launched Higher Ground Productions.

The actress confirmed the news in an Instagram post, writing, “Sooo proud!!! Honoring and elevating these powerful, worthy Queens with respect.”

Currently Viola Davis is starring in “How to Get Away With Murder,” which will end in May.

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