Michelle Pfeiffer and Susanne Bier are teaming as much as carry Betty Ford’s story to the small display. The Oscar-nominated actress and Oscar-winning Danish director will be part of Viola Davis in “The First Girl,” an upcoming Showtime anthology sequence about former First Girls. Variety confirmed the news.
The spouse of President Gerald Ford, Ford was the U.S.’s First Girl from 1974-1977. Moderately than being relegated to the sidelines of the White Home, Ford was “lively in social coverage and set a precedent as a politically lively presidential partner and one of the vital candid first girls in historical past, commenting on each hot-button challenge of the time. She additionally raised consciousness of habit when she made her long-running battle with alcoholism and substance abuse public,” the supply particulars.
“The First Girl” was previously generally known as “First Girls,” and revisits American management “via the lens of the ladies on the coronary heart of the White Home.” Davis is already locked in to play Michelle Obama. The sequence’ first season may also give attention to Eleanor Roosevelt, with that function but to be solid.
“Michelle Pfeiffer and Susanne Bier have joined the sensible and incomparable Viola Davis to carry the exceptional tales of those girls into pressing, engrossing, and lengthy overdue focus,” mentioned Amy Israel, govt vice chairman of scripted programming at Showtime. “Michelle brings authenticity, vulnerability, and complexity to all her roles, and Susanne is a visionary director who instructions the display with fierce honesty and a singular visible fashion. With these formidable artists in entrance of and behind the digital camera, we couldn’t be extra thrilled – particularly at this distinctive second in time for our nation – in regards to the highly effective promise of ‘The First Girl.’”
A 3-time Oscar nominee, Pfeiffer acquired nods for “Love Area,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” and “Harmful Liaisons.” She landed an Emmy nod for her supporting function in HBO’s Bernie Madoff biopic “The Wizard of Lies.” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and “Avengers: Endgame” are amongst her most up-to-date credit.
Bier’s “In a Higher World” took residence the Worldwide Function Movie award on the 2011 Oscars. Her 2007 drama “After the Wedding ceremony,” later remade stateside with Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, additionally scored a nod in that class in 2007. Bier received an Emmy for steering AMC spy sequence “The Night time Supervisor.” Her final pic, 2018 Sandra Bullock-starrer “Hen Field,” was a smash success on Netflix. Most lately, Bier directed Nicole Kidman’s hit HBO thriller “The Undoing.”