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Viola Davis will portray Michelle Obama in upcoming series, and we're already setting our DVRs

According to Variety, Davis has signed on to play former First Lady Michelle Obama in a new series cleverly title "First Ladies."

Viola Davis will portray Michelle Obama in upcoming series, and we're already setting our DVRs

Viola Davis joins LOréal Paris to celebrate the launch of Age Perfect Cosmetics on March 03, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

(Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for L'Oréal Paris )

If you're anything like me, odds are you already binged almost every series on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO Max. You're also probably paying a fortune in streaming subscriptions, but that's another issue for another time. Seeing how I've gone through every series and film within my queue, I'm in the market for something new to watch. Thankfully, Viola Davis is here to help.


According to Variety, Davis has signed on to play former First Lady Michelle Obama in a new series cleverly title "First Ladies." The series will air on Showtime, and examine the personal and political lives of former First Ladies throughout history. Each episode will focus on a specific First Lady, starting with Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

In addition to Davis portraying Mrs. Obama, "The Crown's" Gillian Anderson will play Eleanor Roosevelt, and Michelle Pfeiffer will play Betty Ford. Ok, I'm already digging this powerhouse of a cast.


This will be the first time Pfeiffer returns as a series regular since the beginning of her career. She recently received a Golden Globe nomination for the 2020 film French Exit in which she portrayed a New York socialite who moves to Paris after her husband died. Gillian played Margaret Thatcher on the recent season ofThe Crown, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role.

Susanne Bier of The Undoing will executive-produce, and direct every episode. In addition, Davis and her partner, Julius Tennon, will also be among the executive producers. Last year, Davis tweeted her excitement upon being casted writing, "Sooo proud!!! Honoring and elevating these powerful, worthy Queens with respect."

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"Being honest about who I am and sharing my story in Becoming was one of the most freeing experiences of my life."

To prepare for her role, Davis was able to speak to Mrs. Obama, in addition to reading her memoir Becoming and watching her documentary under the same title. Davis, who played the lead in Shonda Rhimes' "How To Get Away With Murder", is already doing makeup tests at home for her portrayal as Mrs. Obama.

"They are doing an extraordinary job with the transformation of it all," Davis told Entertainment Tonight. Davis mentioned she's "looking forward to [the transformation] with a lot of fear, but I am looking forward to it."

Davis is nominated for a Golden Globe tonight, for her portrayal as blues singer Ma Rainey in Netflix's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. At the moment, there's no air date for the upcoming series, but we're already looking forward to the premiere. Will you be tuning into the upcoming series once it airs?

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