Netflix has set a December 16, 2016 premiere date for Barry, the dramatic film based on a year in the life of Barack Obama. Barry, which is also showing off a teaser trailer, is currently sitting at 92% fresh on RottenTomatoes. Variety calls it a “canny and absorbing drama” while Guardian says it’s a “real movie about real problems, that just happens to be about a real person.” Directed by Vikram Gandhi (Vice), the cast is led by newcomer Devon Terrell as Barack Obama. The cast also includes Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, Avi Nash, and Anya Taylor-Joy.
Netflix picked up the film following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Barry was produced by Dana O’Keefe, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, and Vikram Gandhi, with Daniel Steinman executive producing.
The Plot: 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. Barry is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later.
Watch the Barry trailer: