If you’ve ever wondered about how the unbreakable bond between the President and his First Lady began, then you’re in luck. It has just been announced that a new film, Southside With You, produced by Stephanie Allain’s Homegrown Pictures, will depict Barack and Michelle’s first date that took place in 1989.
“The Haves and The Have Nots” actress Tiki Sumpter has signed on to play the coveted role of Michelle. The actress also wrote the screenplay of the film with Richard Tanne, who is set to direct the project.
The film is set to begin shooting in July 2015 in the Windy City and will finally showcase the fated date that Obama and Michelle speak of so often.
When 27-year-old Obama met Michelle he had just finished his first year at Harvard and was a summer associate at the law firm Sidley Austin. Michelle, then Robinson, was chosen to be his mentor at the firm.
“Michelle worked at Sidley, too, and, in the luckiest break of my life, was assigned to be my adviser, charged with helping me learn the ropes,” Obama said in an article titled “My First Date with Michelle” on Oprah.com. “I remember being struck by how tall and beautiful she was. She, I have since learned, was pleasantly surprised to see that my nose and ears weren’t quite as enormous as they looked in the photo I’d submitted for the firm directory.”
The president chased after Michelle for quite some time before actually getting the chance to take her out.
‘”I’m your adviser,’ the 25-year-old told him. ‘It’s not appropriate.’ Finally, I offered to quit my job, and at last she relented.”
On their first date Obama planned as many activities as possible, taking her to the Art Institute of Chicago, having lunch in the museum’s courtyard, taking a walk around the city, and going to see Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing before sealing the night with a kiss outside of Baskin-Robbins.
“I had known those student loans were going to get me a great education, but I had no idea they’d get me my first date with the love of my life,” Obama said.