‘The First Lady’: Lily Rabe will play columnist Lorena Hickock in the Showtime anthology series
Lily Rabe is set as a lead in Showtime’s impending anthology series The First Lady, featuring Viola Davis — who likewise executive produces — Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson. Cathy Schulman serves as showrunner. Susanne Bier (The Undoing) will direct and executive produce. The role reunites Rabe with Bier, who recently directed the actress in HBO’s The Undoing limited series.
Made by Aaron Cooley and produced by Lionsgate TV and Showtime, The First Lady is a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. Season 1 spotlights on Eleanor Roosevelt (Anderson), Betty Ford (Pfeiffer) and Michelle Obama (Davis).
Rabe will play Lorena “Hick” Hickock, a pioneering American columnist, who by 1932 turned into America’s best-known female reporter and was a dedicated companion and guide to Eleanor Roosevelt. After 3,000 of their mutual letters were found, the nature of the relationship between Hick and Eleanor became the subject of much debate.
Series likewise stars Kiefer Sutherland as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford, O-T Fagbenle as President Barack Obama and Dakota Fanning as Susan Elizabeth Ford.
Produced by Showtime and Lionsgate Television, The First Lady is executive produced by Schulman, Davis, Julius Tennon, Andrew Wang, Bier, Jeff Gaspin and Brad Kaplan. Cooley will compose a few of the episodes and executive produce.
Rabe recently wrapped production on the film The Tender Bar, where she stars close by Ben Affleck. Next up, Rabe stars in the tenth season of American Horror Story – the ninth season that Rabe has featured in during the anthology series’ run. Notwithstanding her role as Sylvia Steineitz in The Undoing, Rabe most recently showed up in The Underground Railroad and Tell Me Your Secrets. She’s repped by WME and Mosaic.