“Southside With You,” a movie about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, is in the works, with Tika Sumpter (“Get On Up”) on board to play the young Michelle Obama.
The role of the young Barack Obama, who was a first-year law student at the time, has not been cast yet.
Filming will take place next summer in Chicago, where the date took place when Obama was working as an associate at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin and asked out attorney Michelle Robinson. The couple went to the Art Institute and saw Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” and they were subsequently married in 1992.
Richard Tanne (“Worst Friends”) is directing from his own screenplay. Producers are Tracey Bing and Stephanie Allain (an exec producer on “Dear White People”) through Allain’s Homegrown Pictures. Allain is also director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Tanne and Sumpter developed the script together and will executive produce.
Sumpter stars on OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots.” Besides “Get on Up,” her credits include “Ride Along” and “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.”
Sumpter, Tanne, and Allain are repped by WME. Sumpter is also repped by Brookside Artists Management and Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo. Tanne is repped by Dobre Films and attorney Debbie Von Arx. Allain is repped by attorney Marcy Morris.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.