Showtime Reveals Plans To Spotlight Former First Ladies In New Drama

Former First Ladies will shine in SHOWTIME’s  first season of the upcoming hour-long drama THE FIRST LADY, starring and executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and Tony® winner Viola Davis(Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Davis  will play former first lady Michelle Obama.  Gillian Anderson (The Crown) will star as Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Pfeiffer(French Exit) will star as Betty Ford.

What’s it about?

In the East Wing of the White House, 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. This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of three unique, enigmatic women, tracing their journeys to Washington through interweaving storylines with an enlightening intimacy, with season one focusing on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt. The series also stars Aaron Eckhart (Wander) as President Gerald Ford. Additional guest stars include Judy Greer as Betty Ford’s trusted confidante and social secretary Nancy Howe, Jayme Lawson as young Michelle Obama, Kristine Froseth as young Betty Ford, and Rhys Wakefield as President Ford’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dick Cheney.