Gillian Anderson connects the roles of great women politicians. After playing Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, the star of X-Files was recruited to play in The First Lady. This is a series in the form of an anthology, which will stage, as its title suggests, the lives of several important First Ladies in American history. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gillian Anderson will play Eleanor Roosevelt, while Michelle Pfeiffer will play Betty Ford and Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama.
“Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible reach and exquisite talent – she is the perfect choice to complete this powerful trio, who will embody these iconic women. It’s inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer (…) in the foreground. They really set the stage for a historic series for Showtime, ”said Showtime vice president of scripted programming Amy Israel.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a leading diplomat and activist deeply involved in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Far from being content to stay behind, behind her husband, she was known for her outspokenness and did not hesitate to hold regular press conferences as well as to present a weekly radio program. Author Aaron Cooley will be at the helm of this new series, which he will also write and produce.
Other names announced in the series include Judy Greer, who will play Nancy Howe, Betty Ford’s secretary, as well as Aaron Eckhart, who will play Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States. United. It is not known for the moment who will play Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama. The series does not yet have an announced air date.