There’s another must-watch film hitting Netflix. Following a great reception at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the streaming service has picked up Barry, a biopic chronicling President Barack Obama’s college years.
According to Deadline, the movie/TV streaming service bought out every other service or distributor with a reported $4.5 million bidding price tag. The Vikram Gandhi-directed film is set in the early 1980s and depicts a 20-year-old Barack (played by Devon Terrell) who recently transferred to Columbia University in New York City. Obama’s collegiate journey was a significant time because it was when the future POTUS realized the roles that race and privilege played in education and society in general. Devon Terrell will star as Barry alongside Straight Outta Compton’s Jason Mitchell, as well as Ella Coltrane, and Ashley Judd.
The Barry biopic follows the release of the love story, Southside With You earlier this summer, which focused on Obama’s first date with First Lady Michelle Obama. The new film will provide an interesting perspective on Obama’s coming-of-age story before being elected as the first black president of the United States.
Barry does not currently have a release date.