Gillian Anderson is ticking all the boxes for playing great women politicians. After playing Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, the X-Files star has been recruited to play in The First Lady.
The First Lady is an anthology series produced by Aaron Cooley, which, as the title suggests, will feature the lives of several important First Ladies in American history.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gillian Anderson will play Eleanor Roosevelt, while Michelle Pfeiffer will play Betty Ford and Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama.
Anderson joins a cast that also includes Judy Greer as Nancy Howe, Eckhart as President Gerald Ford, Jayme Lawson as young Michelle Obama, Kristine Forseth as young Betty Ford, and Rhys Wakefield as Vice President Dick Cheney.
“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 for Showtime. “It’s inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman at the forefront of ‘The First Lady’. They have truly set the stage for a landmark Showtime series”.
Roosevelt was the first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, making her the longest-serving first lady in history.
She was an American political figure, diplomat, and activist. Contested for her straight talk, especially on civil rights issues, she was the first presidential wife to hold frequent press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, and host a weekly radio show. She also pushed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became its first delegate.