The film premieres Dec. 16 on Netflix
Four months after moviegoers went on the first date between the future president and first lady in Southside With You, they’ll get another glimpse into the life of a young Barack Obama in Barry.
Netflix, which picked up the film at the Toronto Film Festival last month, released a first teaser on Thursday morning, showing Devon Terrell as the young Obama. It centers on a pivotal year in Obama’s life, when “Barry,” as he was known to his friends, arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to attend Columbia University.
An official description of the project adds, “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.”
Directed by Vikram Gandhi, the film also stars Ashley Judd, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood). It will be released Dec. 16 on Netflix.
Watch the teaser for Barry above.