The television show, which is scheduled to air in the spring of 2022, follows the stories of three former first ladies and their legacies running the highest office in the land. In addition to Davis’ impeccable casting as Mrs. Obama, Gillian Anderson will star as Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Pfeiffer will portray Betty Ford. Viola, who skyrocketed to fame on the hit ABC crime drama, How To Get Away With Murder, shared chatter about the forthcoming series after she posted a few sneak peek photos from the show.
“It was terrifying but an incredible honor to portray this extraordinary woman,” wrote Davis in her caption on Instagram. “Can’t wait to share @Showtime’s #TheFirstLady!”
“I feel very protective of Michelle,” she said. “It’s our job as actors not to judge whoever we are portraying, but I ended up thinking she’s just dope.”
Lexi Underwood and Saniyya Sidney have been tapped to portray the beautiful Obama sisters Malia and Sasha while O-T Fagbenle shines as former President Barack Obama. During an interview with Variety back in March, Davis said she went into the role without any pointers from Michelle, something the NAACP Award recipient said she could’ve really used prior to stepping on set.
“I wish she had [given advice] because I could use that right now, Michelle, Davis joked, later adding, “She’s everything. She’s a goddess…I love her beyond love, and I think she would never [advise me] because she has too much respect for people in whatever field they study. She is just a bastion of support.”
Congrats to Viola Davis!
Will you be watching The First Lady when it hits Showtime in the spring? Take a look at a few more photos of Viola as Michelle down below.
Viola Davis has got Michelle Obama’s smirk down pic.twitter.com/ae2fBo9N5n
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 8, 2021
Viola is killing me slowly with her Michelle smirk 😭 https://t.co/l1p39MgcaW
— Mary Wilson (@TheeMaryWilson) November 9, 2021