Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in Showtime's First Ladies

Viola Davis is set to both produce and star as Michelle Obama in a new Showtime one-hour drama series titled “First Ladies”. “Four Seats” and “The Guns of Ridgewood” author Aaron Cooley is writing the series.

Something of an anthology show, the first season focuses on the lives of Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betty Ford. No other casting has been announced.

The series promises to peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of the women of the East Wing of the White House. It currently has a three-script commitment.

Julius Tennon, Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin and Brad Kaplan will produce for Lionsgate Television.