Gillian Anderson to Play Eleanor Roosevelt in Showtime Series ‘The First Lady’

Gillian Anderson has been cast as Eleanor Roosevelt in the upcoming Showtime anthology series “The First Lady,” Variety has learned.The show is described as a reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House.

Anderson joins previously announced series leads Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer, who will play Michelle Obama and Betty Ford respectively.“Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent – she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio, who will inhabit the roles of these iconic women,” said Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programming for Showtime.

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