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Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in “First Ladies” Showtime Series

Love to see it.

Viola Davis will be playing former First Lady Michelle Obama in a forthcoming TV series.

According to a report in Variety, the acclaimed actress has signed on to the Showtime project titled “First Ladies.” The network is launching the prospective one-hour drama for a three-script commitment, with novelist Aaron Cooley writing and executive producing.

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The series will peel back the curtain on both the personal and political lives of First Ladies throughout American history. Season one will reportedly focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama.

Lionsgate Television is helming the project alongside Showtime.

Michelle Obama has been portrayed on film in the past, but Davis’ portrayal will be the first-ever on television. Obama was played by Tika Sumpter in the 2016 picture “Southside With You.”

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The tentative run date for the show has yet to be released.

Ivie Ani

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