Barack Obama Biopic News And Updates: Discover Young Barack Before He Becomes The First U.S. Black President

By Chiara Leghler, Parent Herald October 21, 09:00 am
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles while speaking during the 36th annual National Italian American Foundation Gala October 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. He is the subject of the biopic "Barry."
(Photo : Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

A new Netflix original movie is set to be out this December and it depicts the life of Barack Obama when he was still a young man. The movie, entitled "Barry," shows the outgoing president Barack Obama before he became the first ever black chief of the United States.

Barack Obama served the country for two consecutive terms but before that, he was known as Barry by his friends thus the title of the flick. Los Angeles Times reported that the biopic is set in the fall of 1981 when Barack Obama moved to New York to start his junior year at the Columbia University.

Before Netflix acquired the biopic, it was screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Accordingly, "Barry" will be showing Barack Obama's struggles to maintain his relationships with many people such as his mother, his father, and his friends. He also becomes pulled between social spheres in New York, which he thinks is a crime-ridden and racially charged environment.

IndieWire also reported that "Barry" will show the pivotal year when the future president of the United States developed his opinions about America, the government, and race. Actor Devon Terrell will be playing the role of Obama and this is his debut acting performance. Other actors to star in "Barry" are Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, and many more. "Barry" is written by Adam Mansbach and directed by Vikram Gandhi.

Aside from "Barry" another biopic was released this year regarding Barack Obama. The movie is entitled "Southside With You" and it is about the first date of Barack Obama and then-Michelle Robinson. The time in the movie was set in 1989 during law school.

Accordingly, the Barack Obama that the people will see in "Barry" will be more anxious and worrisome about what love and life will bring to him as compared to how he was portrayed in "Southside With You."

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