Showtime’s new anthology series ‘The First Lady’ is gaining another A-list actress in Michelle Pfeiffer who will be portraying Betty Ford. Betty Ford was the wife of former President Gerald Ford. Pfeiffer will star alongside Viola Davis who will be playing Michelle Obama. The series will follow the impact that Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Elenor Roosevelt had on the White House and the nation.
The executive vp scripted programming at Showtime, Amy Israel, said this about the series and its director Susanne Bier, “Michelle Pfeiffer and Susanne Bier have joined the brilliant and incomparable Viola Davis to bring the remarkable stories of these women into urgent, engrossing and long overdue focus,” she said. Israel continued by saying, “Michelle brings authenticity, vulnerability and complexity to all her roles, and Susanne is a visionary director who commands the screen with fierce honesty and a singular visual style. With these formidable artists in front of and behind the camera, we couldn’t be more thrilled — especially at this unique moment in time for our nation — about the powerful promise of The First Lady.”