IM Global and producers State Street Pictures have launched production in Chicago on “Southside With You,” the romantic dramedy inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date.
The film is focused on the 1989 date when a young Obama — portrayed by Parker Sawyers — was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (played by Tika Sumpter) on a summer afternoon and evening.
The date took place at the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
The first photos from the production show Sawyers and Sumpter in character as the young couple.
Sawyers recently completed Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” and has been shooting “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” alongside Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch.
Richard Tanne penned the screenplay and makes his directorial debut with the project, produced by Bob Teitel. IM Global’s Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson, Glendon Palmer and Tracy Bing are executive producers.