Showtime’s political drama The First Lady has sworn in another cast member: OT Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) will play President Barack Obama in the upcoming anthology, alongside Viola Davis as Michelle Obama.
The first lady, who landed a serial assignment on Showtime a little over a year ago, will pull the curtain back on the personal and political lives of several first ladies throughout American history, starting season 1 with Michelle Obama, Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer ). and Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson). The show’s description reads, “The East Wing of the White House hid many of the most impactful and world-changing decisions in history made by America’s charismatic, complex, and dynamic first ladies.”
Barack Obama – the 44th President of the United States and the country’s first African American Commander in Chief – will play a recurring role in The First Lady. Fagbenle’s castmates also include Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) as President Gerald Ford, Judy Greer (Archer) as Betty Ford’s Social Secretary Nancy Howe, Rhys Wakefield (True Detective) as Dick Cheney, and Kristine Forseth (The Society) as young Betty Ford and Newcomer Jayme Lawson as young Michelle Obama.
Fagbenle has been involved since his first episode in The Handmaid’s Tale and plays Luke, husband of Elisabeth Moss’ June. His TV credits also include British comedy Maxxx and HBO’s Looking.