Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis to play Betty Ford and Michelle Obama in ‘The First Lady’

A political anthology series focussing on historical US women is on the way from the director of ‘The Night Manager’.

Michelle Pfeiffer is expected to play Betty Ford in ‘The First Lady’, an exciting series set to tell the story of remarkable women who have entered the White House in the past. Ford entered the role in 1974 with her husband Gerald Ford until 1977.

Joining Pfeiffer will be Viola Davis, who will play the influential Michelle Obama. Obama entered the White House for two terms with her husband Barack, from 2009 to 2017.

‘The First Lady’ series is expected to time-hop through these historical times, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933. There’s currently no actor attached to the role of Roosevelt, who was the longest-serving first lady to enter the White House. Franklin D. Roosevelt served four terms in office.

Expected to direct the series is ‘The Undoing’ and ‘The Night Manager’ director Susanne Bier. Bier also directed Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ with Sandra Bullock, and won an Oscar for ‘In a Better World’.

The series is being developed by Showtime, and a spokesperson for the channel said of the casting: “Michelle Pfeiffer and Susanne Bier have joined the brilliant and incomparable Viola Davis to bring the remarkable stories of these women into urgent, engrossing and long overdue focus.

“Michelle brings authenticity, vulnerability and complexity to all her roles, and Susanne is a visionary director who commands the screen with fierce honesty and a singular visual style.

“With these formidable artists in front of and behind the camera, we couldn’t be more thrilled — especially at this unique moment in time for our nation — about the powerful promise of ‘The First Lady’.”

Just this week, Michelle Obama turned heads when she appeared at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as 46th president and 49th vice president of the United States.

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