Kiefer Sutherland To Play FDR

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Kiefer Sutherland will star as former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in “The First Lady” series for Showtime and Lionsgate Television.

Gillian Anderson will star opposite Sutherland as his wife Eleanor Roosevelt in the series which is described as a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House.

The first season will boast interweaving storylines looking at the personal and political lives of three First Ladies – Eleanor Roosevelt (Anderson), Michelle Obama (Viola Davis) and Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Also onboard are OT Fagbenle as President Barack Obama, Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford and Dakota Fanning as daughter Susan Ford.

Roosevelt, confined to a wheelchair after contracting polio in 1921, was the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. He remains one of the nation’s most revered presidents.

The series is written and executive produced by Aaron Cooley. Davis, Susanne Bier, Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin, Julius Tennon and Andrew Wang executive produce with Bier directing.

Source: TV Line

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