Viola Davis transforms into Michelle Obama as she stars in new trailer for The First Lady

Viola Davis transforms into Michelle Obama as she stars in new trailer for Showtime presidential series The First Lady

  • The upcoming Showtime anthology showcases presidential couples throughout history, with the Obamas, Fords and Roosevelts among those portrayed on the series 
  • Obama, an attorney from Chicago, was the first African American woman to serve as the First Lady in the White House, a position she held from Jan. 20, 2009 through Jan. 20, 2017 

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Viola Davis expertly transformed into Michelle Obama in the new trailer for The First Lady.

The upcoming Showtime anthology showcases presidential couples throughout history, with the Obamas, Fords and Roosevelts among those portrayed on the series. 

‘How do you really feel about being First Lady?’ Michelle is asked in the opening sequence. 

Picture perfect: Viola Davis expertly transformed into Michelle Obama in the new trailer for The First Lady

She means business: Michelle finds her groove while roaming through the halls of her new home before taking a seat in one of many interviews to come as the president's wife

The former First Lady sat down for a guest appearance on the ABC show Black-ish

She means business: Michelle finds her groove while roaming through the halls of her new home before taking a seat in one of many interviews to come as the president’s wife (Viola seen on the left)

‘In four years, I don’t want to look back and think, ‘What did I become living in that house?” she told Barack while laying on the couch one night.  

O.T. Fagbenle stars as her husband, the 44th president of the United States, while Lexi Underwood and Saniyya Sidney portray their daughters Malia and Sasha Obama. 

Michelle finds her groove while roaming through the halls of her new home before taking a seat in one of many interviews to come as the president’s wife. 

Obama, an attorney from Chicago, was the first African American woman to serve as the First Lady in the White House, a position she held from Jan. 20, 2009 through Jan. 20, 2017.

'In four years, I don't want to look back and think, 'What did I become living in that house?" she told Barack while laying on the couch one night

‘In four years, I don’t want to look back and think, ‘What did I become living in that house?” she told Barack while laying on the couch one night

'How do you really feel about being First Lady?' Michelle is asked in the opening sequence as she runs through the grounds of the White House

‘How do you really feel about being First Lady?’ Michelle is asked in the opening sequence as she runs through the grounds of the White House

Michelle Pfeiffer takes on the role of Betty Ford while Aaron Eckhart portrays President Gerald Ford in part of the series. 

‘The First Lady has to be a special kind of woman,’ Betty said during an interview. 

Kristine Froseth plays a younger version of Betty, while Jake Picking will star as Gerald in his pre-presidential days.

Betty was known just as much for her advocacy roles in the White House as she was once her husband left the presidency, as she founded the Betty Ford Center for addiction and substance abuse issues. 

Star power: Michelle Pfeiffer takes on the role of Betty Ford while Aaron Eckhart portrays President Gerald Ford in part of the series

Star power: Michelle Pfeiffer takes on the role of Betty Ford while Aaron Eckhart portrays President Gerald Ford in part of the series

Strong: Betty was known just as much for her advocacy roles in the White House as she was once her husband left the presidency, as she founded the Betty Ford Center for addiction and substance abuse issues, seen in 1974

Strong: Betty was known just as much for her advocacy roles in the White House as she was once her husband left the presidency, as she founded the Betty Ford Center for addiction and substance abuse issues, seen in 1974

The 10-episode series was created by Aaron Cooley, and is executive produced by Oscar winner Cathy Schulman, who also serves as showrunner.