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Gillian Anderson lands lead role in new drama series

The actress will portray Eleanor Roosevelt in the programme

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Gillian Anderson has landed a lead role in a new drama series.

The actress is set to portray Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady, in Showtime’s upcoming anthology series.

The 52-year-old has been cast alongside Viola Davis, who will star as Michelle Obama, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford.

Gillian Anderson on The Fall | BBC

Amy Israel, executive vice-president of scripted programming at Showtime, commented: “Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent — she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio, who will inhabit the roles of these iconic women.”

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“It’s inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman at the forefront of The First Lady. They have truly set the stage for a landmark Showtime series.”

A release date for the programme has not yet been announced.

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