The First Lady: "The Handmaid's Tale" star becomes Barack Obama

The first lady
"The Handmaid's Tale" star becomes Barack Obama

O-T Fagbenle (left) embodies Barack Obama.

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Actor O-T Fagbenle will take on a special role: For the series "The First Lady" he will transform into Barack Obama.

The new series "The First Lady" has played an important role. In the format produced by the US television network Showtime, the former US President Barack Obama (59) becomes a series character. As "Deadline" reports, the British actor O-T Fagbenle (40) will take on the role. Fagbenle is best known for his role as Luke Bankole in the award-winning series "The Handmaid's Tale". In addition, he will soon be seen in the Marvel flick "Black Widow". The cast of "The First Lady" already has top-class names to offer.

After Gillian Anderson (52, "The X-Files – The Scary Cases of the FBI") last thrilled Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) in "The Crown", she now slips into the role of the former "First Lady" Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 -1962), wife of the 32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945). The first season of the show will shed light on Roosevelt's, Betty Ford's (1918-2011) and Michelle Obama's (57) careers, according to "Deadline". Michelle Pfeiffer (62) plays Betty Ford and Viola Davis (55) plays Michelle Obama.