Kiefer Sutherland gets political for his next big role as former president of the United States. The veteran actor, who previously played a man who becomes president in Designated Survivor, has been tapped to play President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Showtime’s upcoming anthology series The First Lady. Aaron Cooley created the series and will also write several episodes.
Set through multiple time periods, The First Lady delves into the history of American leadership from the point of view of some of history’s most respected First Ladies. The series stars Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, the three of whom will be the primary focus of the first season. Also on the cast are Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford, O-T Fagbenle as President Barack Obama and Dakota Fanning as Susan Elizabeth Ford.
In addition to starring, Davis also produces executive producer, showrunner Cathy Schulman, director Susanne Bier (undo it), Julius Tennon, Andrew Wang, Jeff Gaspin and Brad Kaplin. Showtime and Lionsgate Television produce.
“Throughout our history, the spouses of presidents have exerted a remarkable influence not only on the nation’s leaders, but also on the nation itself,” said Jana Winograde, Showtime’s president of entertainment, in a previously released statement about the series. “The First Lady fits perfectly into the Showtime wheelhouse of drama and politics, showing how much personal relationships influence both domestic and global events.”
About Viola Davis playing her on the series, Michelle Obama also told Entertainment Tonight, “I feel like I’m not worth it. I wish I could better fit the character Viola has to play, but it’s exciting. Viola does it, she does it with passion and power, and I know she will do no less for this role.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly referred to as FDR, is widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders in American history. The 32nd President of the United States, Roosevelt served from 1933 until his death in 1945, making him the only president to serve more than two terms. This all came after he became paralyzed in 1921 due to an illness that left him in a wheelchair but didn’t slow him down at all.
Kiefer Sutherland is perhaps best known for his role as Jack Bauer, a character who became a household name after being played by Kiefer Sutherland on 24. The role won Sutherland an Emmy along with a Golden Globe. He is also known for his successful film career, with his role as a vampire in The Lost Boys stand out as a particular favorite for many of his fans. He also starred as President Tom Kirkman on Designated Survivor with some of his other film credits including: young guns, A time to kill, Dead heat, and Flatliners.
No premiere date has yet been set by Showtime for The First Lady. Meanwhile, Sutherland can next be seen in an upcoming spy drama series for Paramount+ from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The actor also serves as an executive producer for the self-titled series. This news comes from Deadline.