Academy Award winner Viola Davis plans to take on Michelle Obama in a new TV series focused on American First Ladies.
According to initial reports, First Ladies would present an in-depth look and insight on the political and personal lives of notable First Ladies. The first season would feature characters such as Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betty Ford. Each episode would run for an hour every week, reporters say.
Executive produced by Showtime and Davis herself, three scripts have been requested to scriptwriters. Suppose the scripts show potential, the show will be fully green-lit, and production would commence thereafter. Reports say that the scripts are being fast-tracked as Showtime and Davis’ production firm JuVee Productions hope to start filming. Lionsgate TV will also co-produce the series.
Beloved as America’s First Lady during President Barack Obama’s terms from 2008-2016, Michelle Obama, 55, embodied a perfect first lady. Mostly due to her charity work and parenting styles, she has won the hearts of people of a different color. She is a noteworthy book author and support of LGBT rights and welfare.
Viola Davis, 54, has won numerous awards in film, TV, and stage. Highly regarded as one of the most versatile performers, she has won an Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award. Notably, she has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences in 2016.
Pre-production for Showtime’s First Ladies commences in 2020. That is if a script passes their test. This is a developing story.