A feature film about President Barack Obama’s courtship of Michelle is in the works at producer Stephanie Allain’s (Hustle & Flow, Beyond the Lights) Homegrown Pictures.
According to Deadline.com, Southside With You will follow the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States convinced his future First Lady to go on a date across Chicago’s South Side.
Tika Sumpter (OWN’s The Haves and The Have Nots) will play Michelle Obama, while the search continues for the role of a young Barack.
As the story goes, the couple’s first date took some convincing. Obama, then an idealistic first-year Harvard Law student, took a summer job as an associate at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin where he fell for lawyer Michelle Robinson, his younger boss.
Southside With You spans the day she agreed to go out with him, as the two visited the Art Institute, took a long walk, and caught a showing of Spike Lee’s new film, Do The Right Thing. They eventually jumped the broom in 1992.
Richard Tanne is directing the indie feature from his own screenplay. The project originated with Tanne and Sumpter, who developed the script together and will executive produce.
Filming is set to begin in July on location in Chicago.
“Stephanie and I are excited to produce this smart and timeless film that sheds light on one of the great love stories of our time,” said Bing. “Richard really captures the essence of that romantic connection between Barack and Michelle that is so evident in the way that they look at each other. We are looking forward to finding the perfect Barack.”
Aside from The Haves and the Have Nots, Sumpter recently hit the big screen in Get On Up, Ride Along, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas and Sparkle. She’s set to return alongside Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in 2016 sequel Ride Along 2 and will star opposite Queen Latifah in Dee Rees’ HBO biopic Bessie.