The last few months have been filled with moments that will be remembered forever in the annals of American history. However, the last 243 years since the inception of the United States are filled with moments and historic stories to tell. Showtime is partnering with Lionsgate TV for a new spin on American leadership with an anthology series titled First Lady. As first reported by Deadline, The Dark Knight star Aaron Eckhart will join the show’s cast as President Gerald Ford.
Eckhart joins the previously cast Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer, who will play Michelle Obama and Betty Ford, respectively. The series will reportedly provide a new context on the presidencies of Ford, Barack Obama, and Franklin D. Roosevelt through the lens of their wives. The series hails from Aaron Cooley (The Talk), who will also serve as an executive producer. Additionally, Things We Lost in the Fire director Susanne Bier is on-board to helm the series. Moreover, Julius Tennon (Get On Up), Andrew Wang (The Lying Game), Cathy Schulman (Crash), and Brad Kaplan (Mr. Church) will produce the upcoming project as well.
Gerald Ford served as the 38th president of the United States from 1974 to 1977. Previously, he also served as the 40th vice president of the United States. His time in office is notable because he is the only person to hold both offices without being elected by the Electoral College. When Richard Nixon resigned, Ford automatically assumed the presidency and quickly pardoned his predecessor. His legacy includes signing the Helsinki Accords and being in office when U.S. involvement in Vietnam ended.
Aaron Eckhart received a Golden Globe in 2006 nomination for his role in Thank You for Smoking. Additionally, his role as Two-Face in The Dark Knight propelled him into the mainstream. Additionally, the actor touts memorable roles in films like Battle: Los Angeles, Olympus Has Fallen, and I, Frankenstein. Recently, Eckhart starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the thriller film Wander.
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