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Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama in new Showtime series

The Oscar winner will serve as an executive producer on the drama.
Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in Showtime series
Viola Davis will play the former first lady in an upcoming series on Showtime.Getty Images
/ Source: TODAY

Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama in a new Showtime series that will tell the story of some of history's most influential first ladies, TODAY has confirmed.

The Oscar winner will also serve as an executive producer on the project.

The one-hour drama will examine some of "history's most impactful and world-changing decisions ... made by America's charismatic, complex, and dynamic First Ladies," according to Showtime.

The network also said the series "will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes."

The first season will focus on Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford. Additional casting for the series has not yet been announced.

The series, which has received a three-script commitment from Showtime, will be written by author Aaron Cooley.

There's no word yet on when the show will premiere. In the meantime, the final season of Davis' ABC drama, "How to Get Away with Murder," begins Sept. 26.