Netflix’s ‘Barry’ Chronicles The Young Life of Future President Barack Obama

by Devon Thomas  |  11.21.2016

“You a whole different type of brother; you do realize that, right,” says a friend to a young Barack Obama, who is the subject of an original biopic entitled Barry, exclusively released through Netflix December 16.

The biopic is set in New York City in the fall of 1981, when Barack Obama (played by newcomer Devon Terrell), was just beginning his junior year at Columbia University. The two-minute trailer finds the impressionable student struggling to stay connected to his mother (played by Ashley Judd), his estranged father and his classmates.

Barry explores identity, racism, crime and injustice, issues which would later go on to shape the man who would rise to become president of the United States.

“My mom’s from Kansas and my dad’s from Kenya,” says Obama talking at a dinner table in one scene in the trailer. “You know what that makes you,” asks a man across the table from him. “No, sir, I don’t,” Obama responds.

“It makes you American,” answers the man.

In another gripping moment, Obama is stopped by a police officer who shines a light in his face and demands his ID. “I don’t see you ID-ing them,” says Obama obviously flustered. “What’s so special about me?”

The film is directed by Vikram Gandhi, and also stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Obama’s girlfriend, and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) as a couple of his friends.

← Back

New from Daily Brief

Brand/Rebrand: TNT
Device featuring circular lens inserts TNT’s branding right into the content.
Creative Review: The Collective @ LAIR
Director-driven studio has mastered the fine art of the co-branded spot.
HOT SPOT: IFC Integrates Geico Into 'Portlandia'
Not all TV production calls for sound effects, as this branded spot suggests.
Cast of SyFy's ‘The Magicians’ Reveals Big Magic Behind Season Two
At the ‘Hall of Magic’ in New York City, cast and crew talked about expanding the fan base and what’s in store for season two.
HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ Season 4 Promo Channels ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Silicon Valley’
Late night host returns for fourth season on Feb. 12.
SyFy’s ‘The Magicians’ Bring More Magic, Have More Problems In Season 2
Fantasy series returns Jan. 25.
Feb 24
Creative Entrepreneurs
Mar 13
PromaxBDA Europe Conference 2017
Mar 14
PromaxBDA Europe Awards 2017
Apr 27
PromaxGAMES: The Summit 2017
Apr 27
PromaxGAMES Awards 2017
Jun 5
The Conference 2017
Superstudio Advertisement FOX Advertisement