The first photos have been released for Showtime’s The First Lady.
Showtime’s White House drama will head east to retrace the lives of three memorable women in The First Lady, set for the spring of 2022.
The show’s first season will focus on the personal and political lives of Obama, Ford, and Roosevelt, tracing “their journeys to Washington through an enlightening intimacy,” according to Showtime.
Dakota Fanning is set to pportray Susan Elizabeth Ford opposite Michelle Pfeiffer’s Betty Ford and Aaron Eckhart’s Gerald Ford in Showtime’s anthology series The First Lady, headlined by Viola Davis, Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson. Davis executive produces the series, directed and executive produced by Susanne Bier and produced by Lionsgate TV and Showtime.
The First Lady, created by Aaron Cooley, is a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. Season 1 focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt (Anderson), Betty Ford (Pfeiffer) and Michelle Obama (Davis).
Fanning, a series regular who will appear in six episodes, will play Susan Elizabeth Ford, the only daughter and youngest child of President Gerald Ford (Eckhart) and Betty Ford (Pfeiffer). As a teenager in the White House during the tumultuous mid-70’s, she often introduced progressive ideas to the presidential family.
The First Lady reunites Fanning with Michelle Pfeiffer, with whom she co-starred in the 2001 feature I Am Sam. For her performance in the movie, then seven-year-old Fanning became the youngest performer to have been nominated for a SAG Award. She won a Best Young Actor/Actress Critics Choice Award for I Am Sam well as for War of the Worlds.
Fanning is joining a cast of series regulars that also includes O-T Fagbenle as well as recurring guest stars Rhys Wakefield, Judy Greer, Jayme Lawson and Kristine Froseth.
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