The first date between Barack and Michelle Obama is to be immortalised on film according to the Independent.
The movie, Southside With You, which is due to begin shooting in Chicago next summer, will recreate the summer afternoon 25 years ago when the young Barack Obama took the future First Lady on their first date.
The writer-director Richard Tanne developed the idea for the independent project with the actress Tika Sumpter, who will play Ms Obama. The role of the 27-year-old Mr Obama has yet to be cast.
In 1988, Mr Obama had enrolled in law school after three years as a community organiser in some of Chicago’s toughest inner-city neighbourhoods.
At the end of his first year, he went to work as a summer associate at Sidley Austin, a corporate law firm. Michelle Robinson, three years his junior and already a practising lawyer, was assigned to be his adviser.
When they first had lunch as colleagues, Ms Robinson said she had no time for career distractions, least of all men. But after several of his romantic approaches were rebuffed, a dogged Mr Obama wore her down and, following an office picnic, he offered to buy her an ice cream.
As he recounted in his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope, the two prospective lovebirds sat eating their cones on a kerb in the Windy City’s Hyde Park district. “I asked if I could kiss her,” he wrote later. “It tasted of chocolate.”
The pair spent the day together, eating lunch in the courtyard of the Art Institute of Chicago, and then walking to a cinema to seeDo the Right Thing, an acclaimed comedy-drama which depicted racial tensions in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood.
Mr Obama displayed “all facets of his character”, his wife recalled later. “He was cutting edge, cultural, sensitive.” The couple were married three years later.
Earlier this year, the Obamas appeared in a video shown at a 25th anniversary screening of Do the Right Thing, which was written, directed by and starred a young Spike Lee. “Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle,” Mr Obama said. “Do the Right Thing still holds up a mirror to our society, and it makes us laugh, and think, and challenges all of us to see ourselves in one another.”