President Barack Obama just scored himself another movie about his life, this time chronicling his experiences in New York City in the early 1980s. Relative newcomer Devon Terrell has signed on to portray the young Obama in Barry, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Terrell, most known for his appearance in Steve McQueen’s Codes of Conduct, will be joined by The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy as a fellow college student.
Barry, written by Adam Mansbach (Angry Black White Boy) and directed by Vikram Gandhi (Kumare), will follow Obama's journey through NYC in 1981 and his "fateful encounter" with Taylor-Joy's character. Billed as an "indie drama" by THR, Barry is set to begin shooting in April. The film will mark Terrell's cinematic debut.
As previously reported, Obama's first date with Michelle Obama is also providing some Hollywood inspiration. Southside With You, starring Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter, made its debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival before securing a co-sign from Roadside and Miramax.
Though Obama hasn't commented on either of these productions, he and Michelle did share their picks for 2015's best movies and TV shows. While POTUS was partial to Matt Damon's Oscar-nominated turn in Ridley Scott's The Martian, FLOTUS wisely named confirmed instaclassic Inside Out her personal favorite.