WATCH: Netflix Teases New Barack Obama Biopic, ‘Barry’

By Sameer Rao Oct 20, 2016

Fresh off a favorable reception at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, a new biopic on a young Barack Obama will debut on Netflix this December.

The streaming giant released a 30-second teaser for "Barry" today (October 20). Starring Australian actor Devon Terrell in his first screen role as the eponymous protagonist, the movie is the second major film (after "Southside With You") to depict the first Black president as a young man. Netflix describes "Barry" on YouTube as follows: 

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. 

Directed by Vikram Gandhi ("Kumaré") from a screenplay by author Adam Mansbach ("Go the F*** to Sleep"), Barry also stars Anya Taylor-Joy ("Morgan") as early girlfriend Charlotte and Ashley Judd ("Divergent") as his mother Ann.

"Barry" premieres on December 16. 

(H/t Shadow and Act)