Tika Sumpter And Parker Sawyers To Star In Obama First Date Film
SMH. Here we go…
Actors Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter have been cast as Barack and Michelle Obama in a forthcoming romance about the couple’s first date.
Southside With You is about the Obamas’ first outing in 1989 when Obama and lawyer Michelle Robinson visited the Art Institute of Chicago and watched a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. The pair also apparently kissed outside an ice cream parlour.
At the time, Obama was a first-year Harvard Law student working as an associate at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, where the younger Robinson was his boss. The Obamas married in 1992.
Described as a romantic comedy drama, director Richard Tanne’s film is expected to start shooting in Chicago in August, with Tanne (best known for comedy Worst Friends) working from his own screenplay. Sawyers is due to star in Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic Snowden. He also has small roles in Zero Dark Thirty and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Sumpter played the singer Yvonne Fair in James Brown biopic Get on Up. The actor has also appeared in comedies Ride Along and My Man Is a Loser.
Ehhhh…this just feels like a really bad idea. The stench of the Aaliyah movie is wafting in the Twitter air and we can see tear-inducing slander on the horizon if this film is anything less than perfect.
Why do we even need this right now? Barack and Michelle are still the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500. Why not just give it a couple years (and perhaps a more respectable cast)?
Flip the page to watch the real Barack and Michelle describe their first date.
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