After having played Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown”, Gillian Anderson will play Eleanor Roosevelt in the first season of “The First Lady”, a historical anthology series from Showtime.
After playing Margaret Thatcher in season 4 of The Crown, Gillian Anderson will play another historical political figure, that of Eleanor Roosevelt, in the new Showtime series The First Lady. This anthology will tell the crossed destinies of iconic First Ladies such as Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt or Betty Ford. In the first season, Gillian Anderson will therefore play the First Lady the longest in office (from 1933 to 1945), which notably pushed the United States to join the United Nations. This committed feminist, opposed to racism, was the first to give a political dimension to this role, by holding regular press conferences.
In The First Lady, Gillian Anderson will give the answer to Viola Davis, who will slip into the skin of Michelle Obama. The multi-Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress is also co-producing the series with her husband Julius Tennon. Betty Ford will be played by Michelle Pfeiffer. The rest of the cast will be Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), who will lend his features to President Gerald Ford, Judy Greer (Ant Man), who will be Nancy Howe, secretary to Betty Ford, and Rhys Wakefield (True Detective) who will will play Dick Cheney. Young Betty Ford will be played by Kristine Froseth (Looking for Alaska) while Jayme Lawson will be young Michelle Obama.
As a reminder, Gillian Anderson was nominated this year at the Golden Globes in the category “best supporting role” for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. She will also be back on Netflix soon in Season 3 of Sex Education.