First Look: See Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as a Young Barack and Michelle Obama in Southside with You
Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star as the president and the First Lady in a new film about their first date
After a movie based on the president and the First Lady’s early romance was announced last year, the first photos of Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as the young couple have been released – and the resemblance is uncanny.
Looking relaxed and casual in the shots, the stars perfectly capture the classic style of the president and the First Lady.
Sawyers is wearing a crisp blue button-down shirt with khaki pants while Sumpter wears a bright orange shirt and beige skirt.
Southside with You will tell the story of the Obamas’ first date in the summer of 1989, during which the couple went to see Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and shared their first kiss outside an ice cream parlor.
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Sumpter – best known for her role as Layla Williamson on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live – was tapped to play Michelle in December 2014, but the hunt for young Barack took a little longer.
After months of searching, Sawyers, a West London actor and newcomer to the American screen, was finally chosen in May to portray the president.