David Oyelowo to Star in ‘President Is Missing’ From Bill Clinton, James Patterson at Showtime

Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee and Les Miserables actor David Oyelowo has signed on to play the title role in Showtime’s drama series, The President is Missing. The project is based on the book of the same name by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, which was released last year. In “The President Is Missing,” a powerless and politically aimless Vice President (David 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 both 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.

“David brings such enormous depth, sensitivity and power to every role he plays,” Gary Levine, the network’s president of entertainment, said in a statement. “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.”

The adaptation of the book by James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to begin filming next year.

Anthony Peckham, whose credits include Invictus, is writing the screenplay for the pilot episode.

“A powerless and politically aimless vice president unexpectedly becomes president halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary,” a synopsis said. “He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by both 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.”

Oyelowo received a Golden Globe nomination for his starring role in Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” in which he portrayed Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was later nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for the HBO movie “Nightingale.” His other recent credits include the BBC miniseries adaptation of “Les Misérables” and films like “The Cloverfield Paradox,” “Queen of Katwe,” “Don’t Let Go,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”

The deal for “The President Is Missing” was signed in 2017 prior to the novel’s publication. The pilot is scheduled to begin production in 2020. Anthony Peckham is writing the script and executive producing.

Oyelowo, Clinton, Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, Christopher McQuarrie, and Heather McQuarrie will also executive produce, with Jillian Share co-executive producing.