Earlier this year, Richard Tanne’s “Southside with You” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to general acclaim. The film followed a young Barack Obama and a young Michelle Robinson in 1989 on their very first date. Now, the second film about Barack Obama’s younger life will soon be upon us: “Barry,” which follows Obama in his junior year at Columbia University in 1981, a pivotal year in the life of the future president when he developed his opinions about race, government and America. The film stars Devon Terrell as Obama in his debut acting performance. It co-stars Ashley Judd (“Double Jeopardy”), Jenna Elfman (“Friends With Benefits”, Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) and more. Watch a teaser trailer for the film below.
The film is written by Adam Mansbach (“Wake The Fuck Up”) and directed by Vikram Gandhi. Gandhi previously directed the documentary “Kumaré,” a documentary about a man who impersonates an Indian guru and gains a following in Arizona. He also produced eight episodes of HBO’s “Vice” documentary series from 2014 through 2016.
“Barry” first premiered in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival this past September. It will be available on Netflix on December 16.