Viola Davis is set to play our forever First Lady, Michelle Obama, in the upcoming Showtime drama, The First Lady, and Twitter couldn’t be happier for the latest adaptation!
As soon as the first photos were released, fans took to the social media platform to tweet their reactions to seeing the legendary actress take on the powerful former FLOTUS with many surprised at how well Davis recreated Obama’s signature smirk, a move that, according to Vulture, the actress reportedly picked up from watching the Netflix documentary Becoming where she studied the former First Lady’s gestures.
While some praised Viola for her take on Mrs. Obama, in true Twitter fashion, others took to the platform to share a few jokes and make a few memes on how Viola channeled our favorite FLOTUS.
While another said, “Yea. She bout to chew this role,” while sharing a photo of Michelle Obama alongside the first look photos of Viola.
This Twitter user commented on how similar Viola’s eyebrows were to Michelle’s, writing, “Makeup was not playing with the ‘Michelle O’ eyebrow on Viola.”
“Viola Davis’ Michelle Obama eyebrows deserve an Emmy!” wrote this fan, adding to the commentary on Viola’s eyebrows.
While this fan wrote, “The incomparable Viola Davis as Michelle Obama for Showtimes The First Lady. Look at how she nails Michelle’s pursed smile.”
Viola Davis even took to Instagram to share some of the first look photos to her own profile, using the post’s caption to express her gratitude for stepping into such a major role. “It was terrifying but an incredible honor to portray this extraordinary woman,” she wrote. “Can’t wait to share @Showtime‘s #TheFirstLady! ”
The First Lady is set to air on Showtime in the Spring of 2022 and will be a White House drama about three former First Ladies, including Mrs. Obama. Michelle Obama’s adaptation will explore the Obamas’ eight years in the White House and will naturally include some of her key family members including her mother Marian Robinson (played by Regina Taylor), and her daughters Sasha and Malia (played by Saniyya Sidney and Lexi Underwood). Of course, Michelle’s hubby and former President Barack Obama will be featured in the series as well and will be played by O-T Fagbenle.