Gillian Anderson to Play Eleanor Roosevelt in 'The First Lady'

Chloe Foussianes
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An exciting new anthology series is in the works at Showtime. The First Lady promises to explore the unique role, focusing in on how Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt have made it their own. Below, everything we know about the show so far.

A-list actresses have signed on.

Viola Davis was the first to sign on to the project, and is slated to play Michelle Obama. Michelle Pfeiffer was later tapped to play Betty Ford, and finally, Gillian Anderson was cast as Eleanor Roosevelt. "Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent — she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio, who will inhabit the roles of these iconic women," said Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programming at Showtime, per Entertainment Weekly.

An acclaimed director will helm every episode.

Susanne Bier, known for her work on The Night Manager and The Undoing, will direct the entire series. "Susanne is a visionary director who commands the screen with fierce honesty and a singular visual style," said Israel. She's particularly enthused about the combination of Davis, Pfeiffer, and Bier. "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."

Bier will work with series creator Aaron Cooley, who is embarking on his first project as a showrunner.

There's no premiere date as of yet.

It's still early days for The First Lady, and it'll likely be awhile before viewers learn more about the project's anticipated production timeline—but rest assured, should any new developments arise, T&C will update this article with the latest information.

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