Golden Globe winner and three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer will play former first woman Betty Ford in Showtime’s upcoming anthology sequence about, nicely, first women of the White House.
Additionally, Emmy winner Susanne Bier (The Undoing) has been tapped to direct and government produce the sequence, which is tentatively titled The First Lady.
Emmy and Tony winner Viola Davis was beforehand introduced to play Michelle Obama in what has been described as “a revelatory reframing of American management, advised via the lens of the ladies on the coronary heart of the White House.” Davis can be among the many government producers.
Series creator and writer Aaron Cooley will write a number of of the episodes and function one other EP.
“In the East Wing of the White House, a lot of historical past’s most impactful and world-changing selections have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complicated and dynamic First Ladies,” reads the official synopsis. “This sequence will peel again the curtain on the non-public and political lives of three distinctive, enigmatic ladies, tracing their journeys to Washington via an enlightening intimacy, with Season 1 specializing in Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt (not but cast).”
Betty Ford was the primary woman of the United States from 1974 to 1977, when Gerald Ford was the thirty eighth president of the United States. She was lively in social coverage and set a precedent as a politically lively presidential partner and as one of the candid first women in historical past, commenting on each hot-button problem of the time. Betty Ford additionally raised consciousness of habit when she made her long-running battle with alcoholism and substance abuse public.
Pfeiffer’s most up-to-date TV credit score was HBO’s The Wizard of Lies, the place she performed Ruth Madoff.