Viola Davis is an Oscar winner with a versatile résumé of roles, and now she’s stepping into the shoes of a former first lady, Michelle Obama. The acclaimed actress will portray Mrs. Obama in the upcoming “First Ladies,” a Showtime series that focuses on the wives behind America’s past presidents.
The first season of the drama will take a look at the “personal and political lives” of Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford, according to Deadline.
Davis is gearing up to say goodbye to her starring role as Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away with Murder,” a job that earned her an Emmy and critical praise throughout its six seasons. The show’s finale is slated to air in 2020.
In addition to “First Ladies,” she’ll be reprising the character of Amanda Waller in “The Suicide Squad,” which hits theaters in 2021. Davis will also play the titular role of “Queen of Blues” Ma Rainey in Netflix’s film adaptation of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
Davis is the only “First Ladies” actor to be announced so far, but it will be interesting to see who else signs on to help presidential history unfold on the small screen.