The X-Files star will play Eleanor Roosevelt

The X-Files star will play Eleanor Roosevelt

Gillian Anderson will play Eleanor Roosevelt on the new Showtime series “First Lady. Joining her on the project are Michelle Pfeiffer and Viola Davis.

The X-Files star recently portrayed Margaret Thatcher in the Netflix hit The Crown. Now she is set to portray another historical figure – she has been cast as Eleanor Roosevelt in the new Showtime series “First Lady.”

Anderson’s colleagues will also play famous women: Michelle Pfeiffer will appear as Betty Ford and Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in the anthology series about the wives of presidents. Amy Israel, executive vice president of Showtime, notes: “Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent – she’s the perfect choice to complete this powerful trio that will play these iconic women.”