Movie About President Obama’s College Years Heading to Netflix

Netflix landed the worldwide rights to Barry, a film that looks at President Barack Obama during his early years in college.

Devon Terrell as Barack Obama in the film Barry
Devon Terrell as Barack Obama in the film Barry IMDB

Can you name a sitting president who has had, not one, but two movies made about his life? Probably not. But President Barack Obama’s life has become fodder for the silver screen.

Earlier this summer, Southside With You, a movie about the president’s courtship of the first lady, was released and received amazing reviews. And now Barry, a film that’s been making the rounds at various film festivals, is heading to Netflix.

Barry stars a newcomer, actor Devon Terrell, as a young Barack Obama and is set in the early 1980s. It follows a 20-year-old Obama after he transfers to Columbia University and deals with questions of race, culture and identity. The film is directed by Vikram Gandhi and also stars Jason Mitchell of Straight Outta Compton and Ellar Coltrane of Boyhood, as well as Ashley Judd, Avi Nash and Jenna Elfman.

Netflix has yet to schedule a release date for the film.