Friday, January 21, 2022

Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in ‘First Ladies’ Series for Showtime

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*Viola Davis has signed on to play former First Lady Michelle Obama in the anthology series titled “First Ladies” which is in the works at Showtime.

The series follows the various spouses to American presidents. The first season will reportedly focus on Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford, per THR

The official logline for the potential series: “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 our most enigmatic heroes…”

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In her best-selling memoir “Becoming,” Obama details the insecurities she experienced as her husband Barack Obama campaigned to become the next U.S. president.

“I write about those, you know, those nasty times where people, you know– called me Barack’s ‘baby mama,’ you know? Accused me of not loving my country. You know, told me I was angry,” she said.

“I don’t think we do each other a service by pretending like hurtful things don’t hurt. And that’s what I’ve come to,” Obama added.

Obama also described her emotions after Trump questioned the legitimacy of her husband’s birth certificate.

“The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited. Of course, it’s underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” she writes in her book.

Showtime is ready to dive into some of Obama’s intimate moments from Obama’s time in Washington, D.C.

Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon will serve as executive producers on “First Ladies.” The Oscar and Emmy-winning actress is the only attached actor so far.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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