Young Black Hollywood: Tika Sumpter Set To Play Michelle Obama In New Obama Romance Movie

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Actress Tika Sumpter is set to play Michelle Obama in new Obama romance movie!

Barack and Michelle Obama‘s romance is heading to the screen. According to Deadline, “The White House legend that is Barack and Michelle Obama’s romance is heading to the screen. Southside With You, a drama in the vein of Before Sunrise, chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.”

The Haves and The Have Nots actress Tika Sumpter will play Michelle Obama (nee Robinson), while the production team is still in search for a young Barack. I think Michael B. Jordan should star as a young Barack. Richard Tanne is helming the indie feature from his own screenplay, and former Warner Independent exec Tracey Bing and Columbia Pictures alum Stephanie Allian are producing for Allian‘s Homegrown Pictures. Tanne and Sumpter developed the script together and will executive produce.

Filming begins in July in Chicago.

As Presidential lore has it, the 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 when 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 were married in 1992,” According to Deadline.

The Get On Up (Tika Sumpter) actress is currently filming Bessie, the story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920’s and ’30’s. She will also star opposite Ice Cube and Kevin Hart Ride Along sequel.

Sumpter is repped by WME.

Photo Credit: Tika Sumpter’s Instagram

Source: Deadline

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