The Sundance independent film Southside With You starring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers chronicles the first date of Michelle and Barack Obama from start to finish.

Written and directed by Richard Tanne, the story takes place over the course of one day in which the Obamas go out on their first date in Chicago in 1989.

Parker Sawyers stars as the future president, who takes a summer job at a Chicago law firm in 1989. There, he meets his boss, a young attorney named Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter), and after some persistent pleading from Barack, she agrees to spend the day with him.

Sumpter has been featured in numerous supporting roles such as What’s Your Number? and Think Like a Man.  She then went on to star in Sparkle in 2012 which was followed by A Madea Christmas in 2013.  Later that year, Sumpter began her role on The Haves and the Have Nots which aired on the OWN Network.  Sumpter later starred alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in Ride Along and Ride Along 2, and most recently starred in Bessie alongside Queen Latifah.

Southside With You hits theaters on Aug. 26. Check out the trailer above.


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