Gillian Anderson to play Eleanor Roosevelt in ‘the First Lady’ anthology

Showtime continues to profile the cast of ‘The First Lady’, the anthology series that the chain prepares focused on the lives of three of the most popular First Ladies of the United States. And if a few weeks ago the signings of Viola Davis Y Michelle Pfeiffer, now it’s the turn of Gillian Anderson, who will play one of those First Ladies.

Gillian Anderson to play Eleanor Roosevelt in ‘The First Lady’

As reported by Variety, Anderson to play Eleanor Roosevelt, who was First Lady of the United States between 1933 and 1945, which made her the longest-serving woman. Nicknamed the « First Lady of the World », was a diplomat and civil rights activist, as well as a key political figure. She was the first presidential wife to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, and host a weekly radio show. She also lobbied the United States to join and support the United Nations and became its first delegate.

Interestingly, Anderson comes from playing another famous historical figure. The actress of ‘File X’, ‘Hannibal’ Y ‘Sex Education’ incarnated British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of ‘The Crown’, Netflix’s historical drama. Despite the fact that his performance was quite controversial, his work earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

« Gillian Anderson is an incredibly versatile and exquisitely talented actress; is the perfect choice to round out this powerful trio who will bring these iconic women to life, « says Amy Israel, Showtime’s executive vice president of fiction programming. » It is inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman at the helm. in front of ‘The First Lady’ « .

A different look inside the White House

The fiction, which will be written by the novelist Aaron Cooley (« Four Seats: A Thriller of the Suprime Court »), is described as a reshaping of American leadership told through the lens of women who have been in the White House. Anderson joins « the other » First Ladies Viola Davis, who will play Michelle Obama, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who will play Betty ford. The cast is completed Aaron Eckhart, who will be President Gerald Ford, Judy Greer, who will be Nancy Howe, Betty Ford’s right-hand man and secretary, Jayme lawson, who will play Michelle Obama as a young man, Kristine forseth in the role of Betty Ford as a young man, and Rhys Wakefield, who will be President Ford’s deputy chief of staff, Dick Cheney.