‘Sex Education’ and ‘The Crown star Gillian Anderson has been tapped to play Eleanor Roosevelt in the Showtime series ‘The First Lady’.
Set as an anthology series, the show will be told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. The series promises to peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes, the women of the East Wing of the White House. In addition to Obama, the first season will also focus on Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford. ‘First Ladies’ will turn its lens on the East Wing of the White House, as opposed to the West, where 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.
Anderson joins the previously announced cast of Viola Davis who will play Michelle Obama and Michelle Pfeiffer who takes on the role of Betty Ford. The series also stars Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford, Judy Greer as Betty Ford’s trusted confidante and social secretary Nancy Howe, Jayme Lawson as young Michelle Obama, Kristine Forseth as young Betty Ford, and Rhys Wakefield as President Ford’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dick Cheney.
Davis will also executive produce the series which is written by novelist Aaron Cooley, who will also serve as an executive producer.
Anderson was last seen in another iconic role, as the once British Prime Minister Margeret Thatcher in the fourth season of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ alongside Olivia Colman.