Michelle Pfeiffer has signed on to portray Betty Ford in The First Lady, a Showtime anthology series from writer Aaron Cooley, director Susanne Bier (The Undoing) and executive producer Viola Davis, who is also starring in the role of Michelle Obama.
Described as “a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House”, the first season of the show will focus on three former First Ladies: Ford, Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt, the latter of whom is yet to be cast.
“Michelle Pfeiffer and Susanne Bier have joined the brilliant and incomparable Viola Davis to bring the remarkable stories of these women into urgent, engrossing and long overdue focus,” said Amy Israel, EVP, Scripted Programming at Showtime. “Michelle brings authenticity, vulnerability and complexity to all her roles, and Susanne is a visionary director who commands the screen with fierce honesty and a singular visual style. With these formidable artists in front of and behind the camera, we couldn’t be more thrilled – especially at this unique moment in time for our nation – about the powerful promise of The First Lady.”
Pfeiffer’s latest film French Exit is set for release next month [read our review here], and this year will see her reprising role as Janet Van Dyne in the Marvel Studios sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.