Viola Davis Says she is ‘So Proud’ to Produce and Star as Former First Lady Michelle Obama in Showtime’s First Ladies Drama

Viola Davis – who’s only a Grammy away from elite EGOT status – is ‘so proud’ to executive produce and star as former FLOTUS Michelle Obama in Showtime‘s First Ladies.

‘Sooo proud!!!’ the South Carolina-born 54-year-old – who boasts 6.9M social media followers – tweeted on Wednesday.

‘Honoring and elevating these powerful, worthy Queens with respect. Go #TeamJuVee!!! @JuVeeProds #Legacy #Significance #FirstLadies.’

The South Carolina-born 54-year-old tweeted on Wednesday: ‘Sooo proud!!! Honoring and elevating these powerful, worthy Queens with respect. Go #TeamJuVee!!!’

The 56-year-old wife of Barack Obama served in the East Wing from 2009-2017 where she advocated for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, and physical activity with her Let’s Move! initiative.

Obama (born Robinson) grew up in Chicago and graduated cum laude from Princeton University before earning her Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School.

On January 17, Davis wished ‘Queen’ a happy 56th birthday and called her ‘a woman who personifies true strength.’

The first season will focus on Michelle as well as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (who served 1933-1945) and First Lady Betty Ford (who served 1974-1977), according to Variety.

‘Happy you were born today!’ On January 17, Davis wished ‘Queen’ a happy 56th birthday and called her ‘a woman who personifies true strength’

‘Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself,’ Showtime honcho Jana Winograde said in a statement.

‘First Ladies fits perfectly within the Showtime wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events. Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series.’

Viola’s hour-long drama about the personal and political lives of First Ladies throughout history has been in development as far back as August.

The Julliard grad concludes her role producing and starring as defense attorney professor Annalise Keating in the sixth and final season of How to Get Away with Murder, which resumes April 2 on ABC.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Cassie Carpenter