Showtime picks up 'First Ladies,' starring Viola Davis as Michelle Obama
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A series starring Viola Davis as Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Obama to adapt memoir 'Dreams From My Father' for young readers MORE is moving forward at Showtime.

The premium network has picked up "First Ladies," an hourlong drama poised to focus on both the public and personal lives of the president's wives throughout history, a spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

“Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself,” Showtime president of entertainment Jana Winograde said in a statement.


Winograde called the casting choice of Academy Award-winning "The Help" star Davis as Obama a "dream come true," saying, "we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series.”

The news was first reported by Variety.

Other first ladies who will reportedly be the focus of the first season of the show include Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford. 

Davis isn't the first actress to take on the role of Obama — Tika Sumpter played the lawyer-turned-first lady in the 2016 film "Southside With You."

Davis, 54, is poised to play another real-life trailblazing public figure — the former "How to Get Away With Murder" star is attached to an in-the-works Amazon Studios film about Shirley Chisholm.

In 1968, Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. The late politician was also the first woman to seek the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

—Updated at 1:59 p.m.