Saturday, February 08, 2020 12:19 IST
Viola Davis will play former first lady Michelle Obama in an upcoming Showtime anthology called "First Ladies," the premium cable network announced. Davis' long-running ABC drama, "How to Get Away with Murder," ends this spring.
"First Ladies" focuses on the personal and political lives of the president's wives, with season 1 showcasing Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford in addition to Obama. Casting for those two historical figures has not been announced.
During her six-season run on "HTGAWM," Davis earned five Emmy nominations and won Golden Globe and SAG Awards. She also took home a best supporting actress Oscar in 2017 for "Fences," based on the play of the same name (that also earned the actress a Tony win). She was also nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in "The Help" (2011, best actress) and "Doubt" (2008, supporting actress).
Davis is also scheduled to play pioneering black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in an upcoming Amazon Studios production.
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