Netflix has purchased the rights to Barry, the critically acclaimed biopic based on President Barack Obama’s college years. According to a Deadline exclusive, the giant streaming service beat out several other distributors with a reported bid within the $4.5 million range. The reasons for the high-priced bidding war can be attributed to the film’s stellar reception at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Barry is set in the early 1980s, and follows a 20-year-old Obama who just transferred to Columbia. It’s an honest and not-so-idolized depiction of Obama that has resonated with its viewers and Deadline points out that Barry has received a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film, directed by Vikram Gandhi, stars Devon Terrell as the lead. Jason Mitchell of Straight Outta Compton and Ellar Coltrane of Boyhood are also on the roster, along with Ashley Judd, Avi Nash, and Jenna Elfman.
Barry’s Netflix premiere date has not been announced, so stay tuned for more information.
Southside With You, a biographical movie based on Obama’s first date with Michelle Obama, was released earlier this year.