IM Global and producers Bob Teitel, Tika Sumpter and director Richard Tanne cast Parker Sawyers as the young Barack Obama in Southside With You, a romantic dramedy inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. Sawyer joins Tika Sumpter (Get on Up) who will play Michelle. Tanne wrote the script.
The film covers the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening, that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, to their first smooch outside of an ice cream parlor.
Sawyers is UK based, but relax, he’s an American. He just wrapped the Oliver Stone-directed Snowden with Joseph Gordon Levitt and is about to start The Autopsy Of Jane Doe opposite Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. Sawyers is repped by 42’s George Monkland in the UK and NB Management’s Nicolas Bernheim in the U.S.
Teitel produces with IM Global’s Stuart Ford, with Matt Jackson, Glendon Palmer and Tracey Bing exec producing. Pic films in Chicago in August.