Showtime orders pilot for The President is Missing, just what we need for the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election If you love actor David Oyelowo, then listen up! The soon-to-be Showtime drama series (fingers crossed) The President Is Missing has cast the Emmy and Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (Selma) in the lead role for the pilot. The project is currently in pre-production with the pilot expected to start shooting in 2020. If the pilot wows Showtime executives, then we probably have a show. Just in time for the upcoming U.S. presidential election, perhaps. The President Is Missing is based on the novel by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Now, if you didn’t know that No. 42, is a novelist, with some help, of course, now you know. The President Is Missing follows a powerless and politically aimless vice president (Oyelowo), who unexpectedly becomes president halfway into his administration’s first term and finds himself facing a secret, world-threatening crisis. This could be VP Mike Pence in a minute, we joke, slightly. Okay, back to the plot. Amid scandal and conspiracy, the new president must choose between toeing the party line to survive and taking a stand. Sounds familiar? Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, 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.” In addition to Oyelowo, the cast of The President Is Missing includes Academy Award-winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), Anthony Peckham (Invictus), and Heather McQuarrie. In addition to their acting duties, Oyelowo will also executive produce the series, and Peckham is writing the adaptation.