When the news broke that actress Viola Davis is to play Michelle Obama in the new Showtime series ‘First Lady’, I am still not quite sure who was more excited – the black community or Viola Davis herself?
“Sooo proud!!! Honouring and elevating these powerful, worthy Queens with respect.”
Over here, I and my community people where flipping joyous. The excitement never gets old – women of colour RECOGNIZED, REPRESENTED, IMMORTALIZED and MEMORIALIZED in the media.
Speaking on the rollout of the one-hour drama series, Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment at Showtime, stated, “Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself.” “First Ladies fits perfectly within the Showtime wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events.
Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series.”
Viola, on the other hand, reveals that asides from the excitement of playing the former First Lady, she is terrified of the responsibility that comes with it “Now I am in the place of a little bit of fear—well, I’m not going to lie, a lot of fear. …but I am looking forward to it.”
Way to go Viola!
The highly anticipated anthology will also showcase Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford, cast as Gillian Anderson and Michelle Pfeiffer respectively.
Featured Image: Art Streiber For Variety