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'Southside With You': First Couple's Love Story To Hit The Big Screen

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'Southside With You': First Couple's Love Story To Hit The Big Screen

Words: Ashley Poag

A new movie is set to capture Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson before they were POTUS and FLOTUS.

Who would have known that the first date between a law student and his mentor would lead to the first African-American First Family and a motion picture? Southside With You is a cinematic retelling of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s (then Michelle Robinson) first date in 1989, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Written and directed by Richard Tanne (producer of the horror film Mischief Night) Southside With You will tell the story of how President Obama pursued the future First lady while they both worked at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin.

“It was a cool date,” Michelle Obama has said. “We spent the whole day together. He was showing me all facets of his character.” They strolled down Michigan Avenue and had lunch at the Art Institute. “Art, guys out there—it impresses people,” the President has said when speaking about his first date. "Take tips, gentlemen." The future First Couple ended the night with a movie by then little-known director Spike Lee, Do The Right Thing.

The film is set to shoot in Chicago in July 2015. Actress and executive producer Tika Sumpter (Get On Up and Ride Along) will play the role of Michelle Robinson, but the film’s creators haven’t decided who will portray the future president of the United States. We think it’s a great opportunity to introduce a Hollywood unknown or up and comer.

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Who would you cast as a young, pre-White House Barack Obama?


Ashley Poag is mater mea's intern and an aspiring multimedia journalist.