Netflix Buys Rights to President Obama’s College Years Biopic

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Netflix has bought the rights to Barry, a biopic on President Obama’s college years.

According to Deadline, the streaming service beat out several other distributors to the rights with a reported bid of approximately $4.5 million USD.

The film made its debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim, earning a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Barry is set in the early 1980′s and follows a 20-year-old Obama (played by Devon Terrell) as he just transferred to Columbia University and is navigating New York City. The film focuses on issues regarding race, culture, and identity. Barry was directed by Vikram Gandhi, the film has no set release date yet. This is also the second movie based around Obama, the first being Southside With You, which followed Obama’s first date with future First Lady Michelle Robinson.

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