Gillian Anderson, an interpreter for ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) in the fourth season of The Crown, was cast in the cast of The First Lady, the new drama series from the paid channel Showtime. She will play Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), former United States first lady.
In the plot, Gillian will be joined by Viola Davis, who will be responsible for playing another former American first lady: Michelle Obama, iconic companion of former President Barack Obama. Eleanor was the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), commander in chief of the USA between 1933 and 1945.
According to the official synopsis, The First Lady will follow what happens at East Wing, “where many stories of impact and decisions that changed the world were made”, but which are unknown to the general public. “It is the point of view of charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies “, says the description.
In addition to Michelle and Eleanor, the anthology will also focus on the story of Betty Ford (1918-2011), Gerald Ford’s wife (1913-2006) and Michelle Pfeiffer’s role in the production.
“Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible reach and exquisite talent. She is the perfect choice to complete this powerful trio that will occupy the roles of these iconic women,” said Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programming at Showtime.
“It is inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman involved with The First Lady. They really set the stage for a historic Showtime series,” he concluded.
Aaron Eckhart is in charge of living former President Ford, while Rhys Wakefield will play Dick Cheney, deputy head of his cabinet. Judy Greer will play Nancy Howe, known as Betty Ford’s trusted friend. Jayme Lawson and Kristine Forseth will live respectively the young Michelle Obama e Betty Ford.
With direction Susanne Bier, The First Lady still has no forecast for the start of recording or an official release date.
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