Viola Davis, who also executive produces, and Michelle Pfeiffer will portray Michelle Obama and Betty Ford in the first season of the upcoming series, created by Aaron Cooley and directed by Susanne Bier.
Viola has previously talked about her casting as Michelle. "She's smart. She's confident. She's articulate. She believes in sisterhood," the 55-year-old said.
"I wanna honor her. I wanna honor her with this portrayal because that's what the drama is. That's what we do as actors, we want to honor the human being," she added. "We don't want to give a portrayal that isn't easy for people to swallow."
Michelle herself has commented about Viola's casting. "I feel that I'm not worthy," she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "I wish I could be better to live up to the character that Viola has to play, but it's exciting. Anything Viola does, she does it with passion and vigour, and I know she will do no less for this role."