As President Barack Obama prepares to soon leave his post at the White House, set to return back to normal civilian status along with the rest of us, Netflix has seen fit to honor the man, the myth and the legend of Barack Obama with a new original film. Dubbed Barry, the biopic will look at the youth and formative years of the United States’ 44th president while highlighting the trials along the way.
Barry will tell the story of young Barack as he maneuvers through the crime-ridden and racially charged environment of New York City during the fall of 1981.
Barry will tell the story of young Barack Obama – played by emerging Australian actor Devon Terrell – as he maneuvers through the crime-ridden and racially charged environment of New York City during the fall of 1981, while attending his junior year of college at Columbia University. Conveyed within the film, this critical school year helped create the foundation for Obama’s views on policy, race, government and what it means to be an American.
The film, which premiered to critical praise at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, stars Terrell, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane and Avi Nash. The film was directed by Columbia University alumni Vikram Gandhi – responsible for the 2011 documentary gem Kumaré and HBO’s Vice – and penned by fellow Columbia alumni Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F**k to Sleep. Audiences can expect to find Barry hitting Netflix on Friday, December 16. Till then, enjoy the newly unveiled trailer above.
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