As U.S. President Barack Obama’s time in the White House is beginning to wind down, it seems as though movies about the man and certain periods in his life are becoming easier to come by. Case in point: before this year ends, two biopics centered around Obama will have been released. The first of which was Southside with You, which chronicled the first date between Obama and future First Lady Michelle Obama (at the time known as Michelle Robinson), but now, Barry, which largely takes place during Obama’s junior year at Columbia University in 1981, is on its way. Today, Netflix unveiled a 30-second teaser for the film, which can be viewed here…
Much like Southside with You, critics welcomed Barry with high praise, especially for unknown actor Devon Terrell, who took on the titular role. The movie premiered and was quickly picked up by Netflix at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates. Barry is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later.
The rest of the cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Ashley Judd (Divergent) and Jenna Elfman (Friends with Benefits). Vikram Gandhi helmed the project with a script written by Adam Mansbach. Barry will hit the streaming service on December 16th.