Young Barack Obama Movie ‘Barry’ Casts Devon Terrell

Devon Terrell Anya Taylor Joy
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Devon Terrell and Anya Taylor-Joy have been cast as the leads in the independent film “Barry,” which follows President Barack Obama as a college student in New York City.

Vikram Gandhi is directing the film, which begins shooting at the end of March. Ghandi’s “Kumare” won the 2011 audience award at SXSW, and he’s currently a correspondent and producer for the HBO series “Vice.”

The screenplay was penned by novelist Adam Mansbach, who wrote “Go the F**k to Sleep.” The logline is under wraps.

“Barry” is being produced by Black Bear Pictures (“The Imitation Game,” “Gold” and “Suburbicon”) and Cinetic Media. Producers are Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Ben Stillman, Cinetic’s Dana O’Keefe, and Gandhi.

Terrell was discovered by Steve McQueen and cast as the lead in his HBO pilot “Codes of Conduct.”

Taylor-Joy is the lead in A24’s “The Witch.” She’s starring in “Morgan,” produced by Ridley Scott, and in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming film “Split” alongside James McAvoy.

“Barry” is moving into production a month after another Obama movie, “Southside With You,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Roadside Attractions and Miramax teamed to buy U.S. rights to “Southside,” which re-creates the 1989 first date between Michelle and Barack Obama.

Terrell is represented by CAA and IMC in Australia. Taylor-Joy is represented by CAA, Troika in the U.K. and attorney Fred Toczek of Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson. Gandhi is represented by UTA and attorney Victoria Cook of Franklin Kurnit Klein and Selz. Mansbach is represented by CAA and 3 Arts.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Waiting to see the movie at TIFF 2016.

  2. Annette says:

    So these were the years that he was living rent free off a white woman and selling drugs but not going to class right?

  3. So Lame says:

    He did nothing exceptional during that brief stint in New York, besides bum off another white woman who was older than him, had wealthy parents and of course the big attraction, an apartment where he could live rent-free in exchange for keeping her warm. Why exactly is this film being made?

  4. Barry's Life is a Lie says:

    How about a movie about Barry’s sealed files, and College transcripts? Barry Soretoro is a Fable created by the Media. Not to mention he’s not a Natural Born Citizen. His father Barack Obama 1st wasn’t a US Citizen. This is pure propaganda! Ben Carson knows the Media has hid Obama’s past from the world. All the action’s Obama has taken against the American people have been Illegal from an Illegal President. He shouldn’t have been allowed to run for office, and when in Office he’s destroyed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Now it’s the First and Second Amendment he’s after! What a jerk, and a Narcissist who respects nobody! Obama is an Egomaniac and Megalomaniac. But he’ll enjoy a movie ALL ABOUT HIM!

  5. Lex says:

    They deified this inexperienced politician. Gave him a nobel prize for some reason. Gave him a Kennedy’s history. All he did was spend the last 7 years not being able to do his job. Disapearing when things got rough and put down his fellow citizens in speeches. He took pictures of himself with his adoring fans at Nelson Mandella’s funeral and goes on reality tv shows. Because of him, me and many others lost our health care. What is supposed to be so great about him? Tell me.

  6. Wendy says:

    The past president of our Temple Beth Shalom went to school with him and he only has great things to say about President Obama. Jonathan is a physics professor now.

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