Actor David Oyelowo is set to play one of the most powerful men in the world in his new series The President Is Missing, which is based on a book co-written by Bill Clinton
There haven’t been many African American actors in the role, but this has seen a surge since Obama was president with the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Blair Underwood and Danny Glover all playing the role since then.
The series is set to go into production next year and according to Deadline, In The President Is Missing, a powerless and politically aimless vice president (Oyelowo) unexpectedly becomes president halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary. He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by friends and enemies alike, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he is confronted with a terrible choice: keep his head down, toe the party line and survive, or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.
There was some glowing praise for David Oyelowo especially from Gary Levine, President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks who said: “David brings such enormous depth, sensitivity and power to every role he plays. Having him as our lead ensures that our series will have the exhilarating suspense of a political thriller along with the juicy complexity of a character drama.”
And the reactions online have also been positive with people cheering the announcement on Social media and wishing David all the best in his new role.
David Oyelowo will fondly be remembered by many Nigerians for his role in ‘Gringo’ in which he plays a Nigerian and even uses some Yoruba phrases in the movie.
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