August 29, 2019

Viola Davis to Reportedly Play Michelle Obama in Showtime's 'First Ladies' Series

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Viola Davis is set to portray former first lady Michelle Obama in a new TV drama series by Showtime.

Viola Davis portrayal of Annalise Keaton's in the legal drama "How To Get Away With Murder" might be coming to an end soon. However, we don't have to say goodbye to her yet!


As reported by PEOPLE, Viola is set to play Michelle Obama in a new drama series "First Ladies" by Showtime.

"First Ladies" is an anthology series that will focus on the personal and political lives of some of the most prominent spouses of the White House.


Its first season will tell stories on Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betty Ford. 

According to the logline of the one-hour drama:

"This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes."


The series is set in the East Wing of the White House "where many of history's impactful and world-changing decisions were made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic First Ladies."

Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, will be the executive producers of the movie and bring it to life. Julius production company, JuVee Productions will collaborate with Lionsgate on the film.


They'll co-produce alongside Cathy Schulman of "Otherhood," Jeff Gapsin of "L.A's Finest," and Brad Kaplan of LINK Entertainment.

Aaron Cooley will write the script of the movie.

As revealed by Deadline, the idea of the series originated from Schulman, who read a script of Cooley's about Lady Bird Johnson. 


The message of the movie is in line with Schulman's company Welle Entertainment, whose aim is to make female facing content.

It seems playing the prestigious Michelle Obama would pose no problems for Davis as the duo have met before. 

On the "Becoming" author's birthday in January, Davis took to Twitter to share a throwback photograph them while calling the former first lady her sister.