Barack Obama isn't even out of office yet and he has not one but two films based on his life, pre-White House, in the works.
Devon Terrell has been cast as young Barack Obama in the independent film Barry, which will follow President Barack Obama as a Columbia University student in New York City in the early '80s. In other words, it's a coming-of-age movie starring the future POTUS as he struggles to find himself in The City That Never Sleeps. (Unfortunately, this was eight years prior to meeting Michelle, so if you're hoping to see a young, ambitious Michelle Robinson whip Barry into shape, go watch Southside With You.)
Barry will not only explore Obama's college years, but it will also focus on the key relationships he forged at the time, including with a fellow student played by Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch). Details about Taylor-Joy's role in the film have yet to emerge.
Vikram Gandhi is directing the film, which begins shooting at the end of March, per THR. A correspondent and producer for HBO's Vice, Ghandi's Kumare won the 2011 audience award at SXSW. Novelist Adam Mansbach, author of the popular "children's book for adults," Go the Fuck to Sleep, penned the screenplay.
Coincidentally, Barry is moving into production just a month after Southside With You premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.
Starring Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter, the charming tale of Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson's first date in the sweltering summer of 1989 in Chicago -- and their blinding, initial spark -- captivated audiences at Sundance. Roadside Attractions and Miramax teamed to buy the U.S. rights to the film. An official release date has not been set.
At this rate, there will undoubtedly be a movie, out next year, about that one day in 1983 when Obama accidentally got on the F train when he meant to get on the D.