Back in 2007 when the Obamas first came on to the scene, director Richard Tanne was mesmerized by the looks Barack and Michelle were exchanging. Fascinated by the First Couple, Tanne did some reading, and in 2013 he sat down to write Southside With You, a true story about their first date in Chicago.
The film screened earlier this year at Sundance and will be released this Summer. Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Parker Sawyers and Jerod Haynes star in the film that recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Watch the trailer below.
Miramax and Roadside Attractions will release SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU in theaters August 26, 2016