Viola Davis will be getting political in her next television role! Now that her five-year-long commitment to ABC's How to Get Away with Murder is coming to an end in May, Davis has been tapped to join the new Showtime series First Ladies.
And as Variety reports, she's set to star as none other than Michelle Obama! In addition to starring in First Ladies, Davis will also be executive producing the show alongside husband Julius Tennon, under their company JuVee Productions.
Viola's new project: what we know about First Ladies so far!
Viola Davis will be the first person to portray Michelle Obama in a television series with her new project! First Ladies plans to "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."
It will give insight into "the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout history, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama."
The president of entertainment at Showtime, Jana Winograde, speaks highly of Davis' casting as the former First Lady. "Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself,” Winograde was quoted as saying.
"Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series".