Kiefer Sutherland to Play FDR in Showtime’s The First Lady


Kiefer Sutherland is set to star as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the forthcoming Showtime anthology series The First Lady.

The First Lady tells a story of American leadership through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. The first season of the series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Viola Davis, who also executive produces, will play Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast as Betty Ford, and Gillian Anderson is set to take on the part of Eleanor Roosevelt. The series also stars Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford and Dakota Fanning as Susan Elizabeth Ford.

Produced by Showtime and Lionsgate Television, The First Lady is executive produced by Cathy Schulman, who also serves as showrunner, and Susanne Bier, who will direct all of season one.