Clea DuVall (Veep) and Charlie Plummer (All the Money in the World) are set for key repeating roles in Showtime’s forthcoming anthology series The First Lady, featuring Viola Davis — who likewise executive produces — Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson. Cathy Schulman serves as showrunner. Susanne Bier (The Undoing) will direct and executive produce.
Made by Aaron Cooley and produced by Lionsgate TV and Showtime, The First Lady is a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. Season 1 spotlights on Eleanor Roosevelt (Anderson), Betty Ford (Pfeiffer) and Michelle Obama (Davis).
DuVall will play Malvina “Tommy” Thompson: Eleanor Roosevelt’s trusted assistant, secretary, traveling buddy, watchman and dear companion. Irreverent, funny, and a shrewd judge of character, Tommy was totally committed to Eleanor and together they explored women’s advocacy, showing no prisoners as they went.
Plummer will play youthful Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Born into a broadly patrician American family, Franklin immediately shed all that in the New York Senate for a life of service to his country. He married Eleanor in 1905, and however he was stricken by polio in 1921, his youthful resilience and vitality predicted extraordinary political achievement.
Series additionally stars Kiefer Sutherland as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford, O-T Fagbenle as President Barack Obama and Dakota Fanning as Susan Elizabeth Ford.
Produced by Showtime and Lionsgate Television, The First Lady is executive produced by Schulman, Davis, Julius Tennon, Andrew Wang, Bier, Jeff Gaspin and Brad Kaplan. Cooley will compose a few of the episodes and executive produce.
DuVall, known for her on-camera roles in Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale and Argo among others, co-made, executive produces and voices Elsa in the Fox animated comedy series Housebroken. She recently directed and co-wrote the holiday comedy Happiest Season. She likewise is the co-creator and executive producer of the impending IMDb TV series High School. She will compose and coordinate different episodes of the show too. DuVall is repped by UTA and lawyer Lev Ginsburg.
Plummer procured a Marcello Mastroianni Award and a British Independent Film Awards nomination for his performance in 2017’s Lean on Pete. His other film and TV credits incorporate Granite Flats, All the Money in the World, Looking for Alaska, among others. Most recently, he featured in Spontaneous and Words on Bathroom Walls, and he will be seen one year from now in Moonfall. Plummer is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment, Zoom Talent Management, CAA and Peikoff Mahan Law Office.
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