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Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in Showtime Series First Ladies

Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in Showtime Series First Ladies

Michelle Obama and Viola Davis

Viola Davis is set to play Michelle Obama in a new TV series called First Ladies.

The Oscar-winning actor will also executive produce the Showtime drama that will provide insight into the personal and political lives of first ladies throughout history.

First Ladies, which currently has a three-script commitment from Showtime, will be set in the East Wing of the White House.

The synopsis says the series will focus on the often secret but incredibly impactful decisions made by the country’s “charismatic, complex, and dynamic first ladies.”

Season 1 will touch on iconic first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama, so the series will be jumping around quite a bit on America’s timeline in its first year.

Written by novelist Aaron Cooley, the show will be set in the east rather than west wing and will show how many game-changing decisions were made hidden from view. The project is being fast-tracked.

Davis will exec produce with husband Julius Tennon under their company JuVee Productions.

Davis currently stars as law professor Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, a role that won her the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015.

She’s nominated in the same category again this year. ABC revealed last month that Davis‘ current series, How to Get Away with Murder‘s upcoming sixth season will be its last.

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