Viola Davis is to step into the political spotlight as former first lady, Michelle Obama for the new showtime drama series ‘First Ladies’. ‘Four Seats’ and ‘The Guns of Ridgewood’.
The anthology series sees Davis also executive produce the series which is written by novelist Aaron Cooley, who will also serve as an executive producer.
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.
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Julius Tennon (Davis’ husband) will also executive produce under their company JuVee Productions. Speaking of her ambition for the company with the Guardian last year, she said she hoped it would “shift the pendulum because it’s changing the narrative for people of colour”.
Davis was last seen on the big screen in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed thriller ‘Widows’ and continues to star in the small screen drama ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. She is currently filming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with Chadwick Boseman and is set to take on the role of Shirley Chisholm in an Amazon biopic of the first woman and first person of colour to run for president.