Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in a new Showtime series


This combination photo shows actress Viola Davis at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York on Nov. 12, 2018, left, and former first lady Michelle Obama on NBC’s “Today” show in New York on Oct. 11, 2018. Davis is set to portray Obama in a Showtime series about America’s first ladies. Davis also is an executive producer on the project, which is still in development. (Photos by Evan Agostini, left, and Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

From “The Help” to “How to Get Away with Murder” Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis has portrayed some strong women on film.

Now she has real-life influence for her next big role. Davis will appear as former First Lady Michelle Obama in a new Showtime series.

Aptly titled “First Ladies” the series will delve into the personal and political lives of Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betty Ford.

The roles of Roosevelt and Ford have not been cast.

An air date for “First Ladies” has not been announced.

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