Caroline Goldstein
August 27, 2019 7:37 am

We couldn’t be more excited if we tried. Deadline is reporting that legendary actress Viola Davis has been cast as legendary former first lady Michelle Obama in Showtime’s upcoming series First Ladies. First Ladies seems to be in the early stages of its development, but here’s what we do know about this potentially groundbreaking series.

The series will be set in the East Wing of the White House, which serves as the first lady’s offices—as opposed to the storied, typically more visible West Wing, which serves as the president’s domain.

In addition to starring in the one-hour drama, which Showtime has given a three-script commitment, Davis will also take on an executive producer role via JuVee Productions, the production company she runs with her husband Julius Tennon. 

This massive casting news comes hot on the heels of the launch of Higher Ground Productions, the real-life Obamas’ production company. Their first film, American Factory, is now streaming on Netflix.   


No word yet on who will be cast as First Ladies’ Roosevelt and Ford. But if Davis’s stellar track record is any indication—she’s one of only 15 artists in history to EGOT (no, it’s not just a 30 Rock joke)—she’ll do a stellar job portraying the ever-inspiring Obama.