Kiefer Sutherland (Designated Survivor) was cast in Showtime’s anthology seriesreeks The First Lady as US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He will star opposite Gillian Anderson (The crown), who will play First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the series.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, or FDR as he is commonly known, served as President of the United States from 1933 – 1945. He took office during the Great Depression, the worst economic disaster the world had seen, and made it his mission to get America out. During his first months in office, he quickly moved ahead with federal legislation called the New Deal, which was designed to provide relief to farmers and the unemployed to help get America out of the Depression. His policies helped America recover, and over the course of his presidency, he used new communication technologies such as radio to address and provide greater comfort to the nation, even becoming the first president to appear on television. He led America through World War II, although he began it with a neutral stance. FDR is widely regarded as one of the best and most successful presidents in the US, but is not without criticism as he consolidated a lot of power compared to his predecessors during World War II, along with his policies such as expelling refugees and internment. of Japanese-Americans. He is the only president to serve more than two terms in office.
FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt married in 1905 and remained together until his death in 1945. FDR contracted polio in 1921 and his legs became permanently paralyzed, leaving him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. His health deteriorated during World War II and he died a few months after his fourth term in 1945.
Described as “a revealing reformulation of American leadership told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House,” the first season of The First Lady will focus on three former First Ladies: Betty Ford, Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt. Along with Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer (French exit) and Viola Davis (How to get away with murder) as Betty Ford and Michelle Obama, respectively. The series is directed by Susanne Bier (undo it).
Also in the series is Aaron Eckhart (Line of Duty) as President Gerald Ford, O.T. Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as President Barack Obama, Dakota Fanning (the alienist) as Susan Elizabeth Ford, Rhys Wakefield (real detective) as Dick Cheney, Judy Greer (just kidding) as Nancy Howe, Jayme Lawson (the batter) as young Michelle Obama and Kristine Froseth (Search for Alaska) as a young Betty Ford.
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