Viola transforms into First Lady Michele Obama.
Showtime has released the first trailer for the upcoming anthology series. “The First Lady” follows presidential couples throughout American history.
The former U.S. presidents, first ladies, their families and colleagues will be played by a company of A-list stars. The Obamas, Fords and Roosevelts are among those portrayed on the series.
Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama opposite O-T Fagbenle (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as Barack Obama. Lexi Underwood (“Little Fires Everywhere”) and Saniyya Sidney (“King Richard”) play their daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.
Telling the story of three of the most famous Presidential wives in American history. Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) stars as Barack Obama’s wife Michelle Obama. Gillian Anderson (The Crown) playing FDR’s wife Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies) playing Betty Ford, wife of Gerald Ford.
In the trailer, Michelle lies in Barack’s lap and confesses, “In four years, I don’t want to look back and think, ‘What did I become living in that house?.’” We see her posing for photo shoots and pushing back against society’s expectations: “They want to turn me into a Black Martha Stewart?”
Betty Ford bristles at the political aspirations of her husband Gerald (played by Aaron Eckhart).
Eleanor Roosevelt reminds FDR (played by Kiefer Sutherland) that she has “a mind and a life of her own” as she dances with a female friend.
The First Lady is “a revelatory reframing of American leadership. Told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House,” according to the official description.
“The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of three unique, enigmatic women and their families. Tracing their journeys to Washington, dipping into their pasts and following them beyond the White House into their greatest moments.”
Watch trailer below