Gillian Anderson and Michelle Pfeiffer have joined Viola Davis to lead the cast of ‘First Ladies’, anthology series that aims to explore the public, political and private lives of most of the first ladies who have passed through the White House throughout American history.
Created and written by novelist Aaron Coole and directed by Susanne Bier (‘The Infiltrator’, ‘The Undoing’), the first season of this hour-long co-production between Showtime and Lionsgate Television will focus on the figures. by Eleanor Roosevelt (1933-1945), Betty Ford (1974-1977) and the aforementioned Michelle Obama (2009-2017).
As announced in August 2019, Davis will play Michelle Obama, while now it has been announced that Anderson will play Eleanor Roosevelt and Pfeiffer will play Betty Ford. Judy Greer as Nancy Howe, Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford, Jayme Lawson as young Michelle Obama, Kristine Forseth as young Betty Ford, and Rhys Wakefield as Vice President Dick Cheney round out – for now – its main cast.
Davis will also executive produce alongside Julius Tennon, her husband and partner at JuVee Productions, Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment, Jeff Gaspin of Gaspin Media, Brad Kaplan of LINK Entertainment, Andrew Wang and the aforementioned Aaron Coole and Susanne Bier.