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Recalling causes and contributions in ‘The First Lady’

Viola Davis (pictured at the Rome Film Fest in October 2019) will portray Michelle Obama in "The First Lady."
Viola Davis (pictured at the Rome Film Fest in October 2019) will portray Michelle Obama in "The First Lady."Andrew Medichini/AP/file

Showtime’s anthology series “The First Lady” has made two significant casting choices. The first season of the scripted show, which will look into the lives of the women married to past American presidents, will take on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Michelle Pfeiffer is going to play Ford, whose efforts on behalf of raising awareness of addiction can’t be overestimated. And Viola Davis will play Obama, whose great impact included a program to reduce childhood obesity. No one has been cast yet to play Roosevelt, who fought for civil rights and the rights of women.

The first season will be directed by Susanne Bier, whose credits include “The Undoing,” “The Night Manager,” and “Bird Box.”

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Michelle Pfeiffer (pictured at the European premiere of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" in Rome in October 2019) will play Betty Ford in "The First Lady."
Michelle Pfeiffer (pictured at the European premiere of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" in Rome in October 2019) will play Betty Ford in "The First Lady."ETTORE FERRARI/AP/file

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.