You have to hand it to Michelle Pfeiffer. First, because the woman seemingly hasn’t aged much at all over the past few decades, which mind-boggling and impressive. But also because in 2021, she’s poised to have a bit of a “moment” as her career comes back in a big, big way, with a role in “French Exit” that is likely to land her some serious awards love. And now, she’s lined up her next role playing one of the most famous political figures in American history.
According to Deadline, Pfeiffer is set to portray Betty Ford, wife of President Gerald Ford, in a new anthology series from Showtime, titled “The First Lady.” As the title suggests, the series follows the lives of various First Ladies as you see how their impact shaped history. The series is set to be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Susanne Bier.
The first season of the show follows three such women, Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the aforementioned Ford. While the role of Roosevelt has yet to be cast, we know that Viola Davis (who also produces) will portray Obama.
“Michelle Pfeiffer and Susanne Bier have joined the brilliant and incomparable Viola Davis to bring the remarkable stories of these women into urgent, engrossing and long overdue focus,” said Amy Israel, EVP, Scripted Programming, Showtime Networks. “Michelle brings authenticity, vulnerability and complexity to all her roles, and Susanne is a visionary director who commands the screen with fierce honesty and a singular visual style. With these formidable artists in front of and behind the camera, we couldn’t be more thrilled – especially at this unique moment in time for our nation – about the powerful promise of ‘The First Lady.’”
As mentioned, Pfeiffer is poised to have a big year ahead of her. Coming off of her debut in the MCU a couple of years back in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” we’ve seen Pfeiffer make a return that has seemingly reached a crescendo with “French Exit.” Many are calling that film her best performance yet and it might land her an Oscar nomination.
Now, it appears she’s destined for TV and one of the most coveted roles out there in “The First Lady.” So, it’s all good news in Pfeiffer Land.