David Oyelowo to star in adaptation of Bill Clinton and James Patterson's 'The President is Missing'
© Getty Images

David Oyelowo is poised to play a starring role in the TV series based on former President Clinton's first novel.

The "Selma" actor will take on the title role in the pilot for "The President is Missing," Showtime announced Tuesday. 

ADVERTISEMENT

In the drama series, Oyelowo plays "a powerless and politically aimless vice president" who unexpectedly becomes president and "walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House," the premium cable network said in a statement. 

The 43-year-old Golden Globe-nominated performer "brings such enormous depth, sensitivity and power to every role he plays,” Showtime Networks President Gary Levine said. “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."

Showtime had announced plans for an adaptation of "The President is Missing," by Clinton and famed author James Patterson, back in 2017, even before the book's release. The novel went on to sell more than 2 million copies in North America.

Clinton had said at the time of the announcement, "I can't wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life."

The series is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to film next year.