The last year has 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, Emmy winner Kiefer Sutherland is signing on to portray President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the series.
Sutherland joins the previously cast Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer, who will play Michelle Obama and Betty Ford, respectively. Moreover, Aaron Eckhart will portray President Gerald Ford with Black Widow‘s O-T Fagbenle cast as President Barack Obama. The series will reportedly provide new context on the presidencies of Ford, Obama, and FDR 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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. He directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. Famously, his third and fourth terms in office were dominated by World War II.
Keifer Sutherland is best known for his starring role as Jack Bauer in Fox’s drama series 24. The actor has earned an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Most recently, Keifer Sutherland has appeared in critically acclaimed TV shows like Designated Survivor and The Fugitive.
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