And it’s not just Obama who’s getting a starry onscreen portrayal—Gillian Anderson is set to play Eleanor Roosevelt, while Michelle Pfeiffer will star as Betty Ford in the series; with production rumoured to be beginning in May.
This isn’t the former FLOTUS’ first time being portrayed onscreen—Obama was previously played by Tika Sumpter in 2016’s Southside with You. Not to mention she’s got a few production projects in the pipeline herself, after she and husband Barack signed a major deal with Netflix to produce TV series, documentaries and films à la Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
And though production is still a few months in the future, VD’s preparation for the role is already well under way.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Davis revealed that her research for the role involved reading Obama’s book Becoming and watching its accompanying documentary, as well as speaking to the woman herself. No pressure, then.
“Now I am in the place of a little bit of fear. Well, I’m not going to lie, a lot of fear,” she said of the role.
The Academy Award-winner is already doing makeup tests for her transformation into Michelle, telling ET, “They are doing an extraordinary job with the transformation of it all.”
Now this is one onscreen collab we really can’t wait to see.
This article originally appeared on marie claire U.K.