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Viola Davis will play former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama in the forthcoming Showtime series First Ladies. Davis and her life partner Julius Tennon will executive produce the project through their company JuVee Productions, Yahoo News reports.

The series will follow the lives of three former FLOTUSes - Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Betty Fordwomen - who were significant influences on American culture while their husbands served as president.

The Help star is also best known for her hit TV drama How To Get Away with Murder, which is in its sixth and final season.

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  • T Willis

    This sounds good. I can’t wait to see it...

  • Naturally Brown
  • bemetoo

    I love her and she’s a great actress but I get more Mildred Obama than Michelle Obama

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterly’s Lover

    Excellent choice. Both beautiful, talented and inspiring.

  • Ryan

    This sounds good. I'd watch it.

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    One of my fave playing another one of my fave! Im not worthy ??????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Congrats Michelle Much Love!!! That gif lolololol ! Sandra Mae I see ya lolol

  • Justamom

    Angela Basset would have been a great pick too.

  • Bushbabe

    Perfect person to play her and similar look.

  • What???

    She’s too pretty to play Michelle. I hope she knows how to bark though..

  • Coffee1st

    That's great.
    Good job Viola.

    Has anyone seen/ heard about this?
    https://youtu.be/ErWo7HX8cB0

  • Bree

    No shade to Viola, I love her. But Kerry Washington could pass for Michelle Obama and would be a great actress to play that role. I could also see Regina King and/or Regina Hall (I would love to see her acting chops in a really serious role).

  • Bree

    Yes honey! Auntie Angie gives life to every role she plays.

  • dontgetblocked

    MIchelle Obama should not have been chosen over Jaqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, and Nancy Reagan. Laura and Barbara Bush made great gains in improving education for poor communities. Heck, even Hillary Clinton did more than Michelle. All she cared about was working out and posing sleeveless for magazines. Oh yeah, she screwed up the school lunches!

  • 2gr8ful

    Love it! Viola is a great actress. Life partner?? Shade.....

  • Coffee1st

    Regina King would have KILLED it!!! That woman can act her butt off.

  • Coffee1st

    You got me stuck on Regina, lol. But yeah, Angela goes in.

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  • Bree

    The Obamas were/are celebrities to me. They are only respected in the black community because Obama had swag and hung with celebrities. Birds of a feather flock together!

  • Bree

    Yes! One of my favorite movies is Enemy of the State. I loved her in that role. She is really good at what she does. And Michelle Obama doesn't seem like she plays any games, so I could see Regina killing that role too!

  • Bree

    Yes! But I think Auntie has had her share of biographical roles.

  • Coffee1st

    Ooooh. EOTS was a goodt one. Gene Hackman did his thing too!
    I DO love some good acting.

  • Coffee1st

    Smh. Did her and Laurence not do a phenomenal job in What's Love?!?!
    She was B. Shabazz too, won't she?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Fantabulous!
    Viola will do Michelle justice.

  • Bree

    Me too. I'm a sucker for a good film cuddled up next to my hub bear! That whole movie was life. Lisa Bonet did well, it was good to see her in that role.

  • ~~eb

    I always hoped Audra McDonald would have played her.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    C'mere, Be..I can tell you haven't had a spanking in a lonng time...

  • Bree

    They did a phenomenal job. I was convinced that she was Tina and he was Ike. Laurence is one of my favorite actors, I'm surprised he has not won an Oscar along with Will Smith and Eddie Murphy (his role in Dreamgirls was life)!

  • Traci404

    HER HUSBAND
    NOT LIFE PARTNER
    MARRIED SINCE 2003

  • Bree

    I thought so too!

  • Bree

    Oh my gosh! I completely forgot about Audra, she is phenomenal!

  • Christopher Gibson

    Thank you.

  • What???

    I agree for the most part. Black people can be so politically and intellectually lazy. We hate data.

  • Dun Dilly

    LOL....Sandra loves sliding those jokes in to see who's paying attention and has proper reading comprehensive skills.

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  • Sean

    I disagree with this comment. I believe she did far more than you are giving her credit for. The reality, though, is that being a black first lady may have helped so many young black boys and girls really believe that they can do more than what society often says they are capable of.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That's what a life partner is, hun.

  • Coy little wink

    Ok so you are one of those black faced bots. Got it

  • SaltineCrackers

    While Ms. Viola is an excellent actress I don't think she's the right person, she has a very heavy speech pattern that is very different from the way Michelle speaks.

  • Nik
  • Nik

    Exactly. GTFOH!!!

  • Nik
  • SaltineCrackers

    WHAAAAT???? WAIT WAIT WOAH WHAAATT?????

  • Nik

    I can't imagine anyone better for that role.

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  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Well, Viola can act her behind off and cry on cue with snot and all. Can't get better than that.

  • Karen Brady

    I love Viola as much as the next person but I don't see it. Still here for it though. Now have y'all seen that devil Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly????? LIKE WOAHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  • Vixen

    Don't forget Mz. Angela from Waiting to Exhale. She can cry on cue with snot too just not as bad as Mz. Viola. Even Mz. Houston got pointers from her. I can't see Mz. Angela cause she did Mz. Turner and all I will be thinking about is Anna Mae better eat that cake or her whooping Ike azz in the limo .

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  • Nik

    Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly? How fitting!

  • dontgetblocked

    The high school dropout rate, black teen pregnancy rates, and urban crime is out of control..especially in Chicago. Yeah! She did a lot ... a lot of nothing!

  • dontgetblocked

    It's sort of how pimps were respected back in the day. In the end, they did nothing to help the community.

  • Eileen

    Life partner? No she is married with an adopted daughter.

  • missluv60

    The actress Priscilla Shirer (War Room) would've been a good consideration for Michelle Obama. She's a pretty good actress and she highly resembles Michelle.

  • missluv60

    I can't get with Viola "Snot On Command" Davis playing Michelle.
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/26FxBZioCB69lQR2w/giphy.gif

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I love Viola Davis, such an awesome actress, but that snot on cue is beyond cringe-worthy! I look away, and hope she stops it one day!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Viola can do this part, easily! Michelle isn’t an anomaly in terms of what she represents, we have so many heavily credentialed, heavy-hitters like Michelle, sans being the first Black First Lady!

    Michelle is quite deserving of this honor! I remember her stomping in Iowa, the catalyst for the win!

  • SJ

    The snot is awful. She doesn't wipe it or blow it in a tissue or anything. Eeeekkkk!

  • Guest

    Yes, I read this yesterday. smh.

  • pika12

    I agree with the Regina King suggestion, I think she'd be perfect, she has the right look and can act her you know what off. But Kerry Washington or Regina Hall wouldn't be right for the part in my opinion, Kerry doesn't have the right look or presence in my opinion and I haven't seen enough from Hall to know if she'd be able to pull off a portrayal. Anyway, Viola is extremely talented so I'm ready to give her a chance to prove that she is actually the best choice over the others.

  • Mary

    Your assessment is good but I am not feeling Viola for this role. Was she the only actress available??? Not a good fit in my opinion. Probably wont watch. Angela Basset would have been a much better choice.

  • Karen Brady

    Yes! Verrryyy

  • Bree

    Exactly

  • Bree

    I want to see Regina Hall in a serious role for once. She seems to play the same character, just like Nia Long and Megan Good.

  • Logan Roberts

    Michelle didn't influence me to do anything.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    agreed

  • onelove

    go ahead Cryola!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The link wouldn't load for me.

  • bemetoo

    ????