The Obamas Are Making a Netflix Show About Fashion

Written and executive produced by Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of *Thelma & Louise," Bloom has yet to announce its star, but it's already looking like Lucy Hale, who landed the titular role of Katy Keene, a fashion musical drama spin-off of Riverdale, might be in for some competition. (Especially if Michelle Obama, who's long championed emerging designers, ends up weighing in.

Whether scripted, unscripted, or documentary, each is meant to reflect the Obamas' aim with their choice and manner of storytelling: "Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect, and inspire us all," Barack said in a statement.

Falling in the former camp are a movie on Frederick Douglass, and two feature-length documentaries, Crip Camp and American Factory. (The former traces the origins of the disability rights movement back to a '70s-era summer camp for disabled teens; the latter sees a post-industrial section of Ohio come to terms with its future after its former General Motors plant passes into the hands of a Chinese billionaire and entrepreneur.

According to Higher Ground Productions, the production company that Barack and Michelle Obama launched last spring, the couple has no less than seven projects in the works with Netflix—a number that's set to grow with even more announcements in the next few months.


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