Devon Terrell is set to play college-age Barack Obama opposite Anya Taylor-Joy as a young woman he meets in N.Y. in ‘Barry’ (Photo: HBO/Get...

Young Barack Obama Film Casts Devon Terrell, 'The Witch' Star Anya Taylor-Joy

Devon Terrell is set to play college-age Barack Obama opposite Anya Taylor-Joy as a young woman he meets in N.Y. in ‘Barry’ (Photo: HBO/Getty Images)

By Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter


The story of a young Barack Obama trying to find his way in 1981 New York City has found its two leads.

Devon Terrell and Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of the hit horror movie The Witch, will star in Barry, an indie drama being directed by Vikram Gandhi, a Vice correspondent who made the documentary Kumare.

Black Bear Pictures (The Imitation Game) is producing with Cinetic Media. The movie is expected to begin shooting in April.


Barry explores the time when Obama was a college student in New York City and forged key relationships, including with a fellow student (Taylor-Joy).

Terrell will play Obama while Taylor-Joy will play the woman.

The script was written by Adam Mansbach, the author perhaps best known for the adult children’s book Go the F*** to Sleep. He tackled race with his novel Angry Black White Boy.

Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Ben Stillman are producing along with Cinetic’s Dana O'Keefe as well as Gandhi.

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