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Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in First Ladies Showtime series


ABC/Brian Bowen SmithViola Davis is making her way to the White House.

Showtime has given a series order to the anthology series First Ladies, in which Davis will first lady Michelle Obama.  Davis also executive-produces the series.

First Ladies, which went in development in August, is said to follow the “personal and political lives of the country’s most enigmatic heroes.” It will also take a closer look at the White House, where many of history’s “world-changing decisions have been hidden from view.” Season one will focus on former first ladies including Eleanor RooseveltBetty Ford and Michelle Obama. 

The news comes as Davis is set to say farewell to ABC’s Shonda Rhimes-produced drama How to Get Away with Murder, which will air its final episode in the spring.

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