BY TAMBAY O. OBENSON
Parker Sawyers, known for parts in Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), is playing Barack Obama to Tika Sumpter‘s Michelle Obama (who was Michelle Robinson at the time the story takes place), in a film based on the early romance between Barack and Michelle.
Titled Southside With You, the project is being sold as a Before Sunset-style type of film (in short… man, woman, lots of mostly profound conversation over a specified period of time), which will take place entirely in one day, set during the summer of 1989, when one Barack Obama (then a first-year Harvard Law student) took his future wife, Michelle (an associate at a Chicago law firm), out on a first date, which included a tour of Chicago’s South Side.
The future couple also caught a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing – something the president has talked about previously. I assume that moment in time will be incorporated into the script.
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