British actor David Oyelowo (“Selma,” “Jack Reacher”) has been set to star as a reluctant U.S. President in Showtime’s drama pilot “The President Is Missing” based on the bestselling novel by former President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson.
The story follows powerless and politically aimless Vice President (Oyelowo) who unexpectedly becomes President halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary.
In the process, 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.
Anthony Peckham (“Invictus”) is penning the pilot and will serve as an executive producer alongside Christopher McQuarrie, Heather McQuarrie, Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Oyelowo.
Source: TV Line