Southside With You: Casting the Romantic Comedy about Barack and Michelle Obama

The mystery of who will play the young Barack Obama in Southside With You has been resolved: Parker Sawyers.

The romantic dramedy cast the U.K.-based American actor opposite Get On Up star TikeSumpter as a young Michelle Obama. Sawyers can next be seen in Oliver Stone’sSnowden and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, opposite Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch.

Southside With You centers on the evening in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing.  The date included a first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.

Richard Tanne will direct the project based on his screenplay. Bob Teitel will produce, with IM Global’s Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson, Glendon Palmer and Tracy Bing sharing executive producer credits.

Southside With You will start shooting in Chicago in August.