Gillian Anderson is Eleanor Roosevelt in the Showtime First Lady trailer

A transformed Gillian Anderson appears as Eleanor Roosevelt in the latest trailer for Showtime’s upcoming TV series The First Lady.

A clip recently released by Showtime’s The First Lady shows Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. Anderson became known after her role as an agent Dana Scully enters The X-Files and has since appeared in numerous films, television series and stage productions on Broadway and the West End. Anderson has established herself as a feminist figure, often portraying characters who break down barriers. Most recently, her role on Netflix Sex education as the insightful sex therapist Dr. Jean Millburn won a positive reception.

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The 30 seconds YouTube excerpt from Screening time characterizes an almost unrecognizable Anderson as prominent First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Opening with Roosevelt sitting humbly, as she states in one voice, “the name Roosevelt opens doors“, The trailer ends with a flashback of herself as a young woman, played by Eliza Scanlen, as she is approached by her future husband Franklin. The video highlights Roosevelt’s public and private life as she is pushed to address “women’s issues”, which she refuses to talk about when told she had to give a press conference to discuss the clean-up. The original Showtime series is scheduled to premiere on April 17.

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As an anthology drama, The First Lady will restate the American leadership narrative focusing on the political and personal lives of three women who shaped history. Along with Roosevelt, the first season will also feature the careers of Betty Ford, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michelle Obama, played by Viola Davis. Anderson is no stranger to portraying influential people. She won an Emmy Award in 2021 for her performance as Margaret Thatcher inside The crown and is in the early stages of developing a project focusing on a currently unknown historical figure.

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Along with the intertwined stories of the three First Ladies, the series will also include their respective spouses. President Franklin Roosevelt is played by Kiefer Sutherland, President Gerald Ford is played by Aaron Eckhart and President Barack Obama by OT Fagbenle. The extensive cast list also includes Cailee Spaeny as Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Dakota Fanning as Susan Ford, Regina Taylor as Marian Shields Robinson, Lexi Underwood as Malia Obama and Saniyya Sidney as Sasha Obama. Created by Aaron Cooley, The First Lady will begin with Roosevelt of Anderson in the 1930s as she tours her complicated marriage and position as an open public figure.

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