I’m not a huge fan of Biopics while the person is still doing what they are famous for doing. However, this one is different because it focuses on Obama’s early years, before he decided to run for POTUS.
The story takes place primarily in New York in the early 80’s during Obama’s years at Columbia. Is not so much about Obama, but a biracial man trying to fit into a world that is black or white. This is 21 year old Barack, and chain smoking, slightly awkward, passionate Barack. He has a white girlfriend, a not so confident walk (as opposed to the strut we are used to) and plays pick-up basketball. This is far from the leader of the free world. This isn’t a story about the Obama we know, but the Obama that became the Obama that we know.
The lead is played by a virtually unknown actor from Australia named Devon Terrell. He trained with famed Broadway dialect and vocal coach Charlotte Fleck to balance Obama’s accent, walking the line between authentic but not comedic. As you can see in the trailer, he does a great job.
Directed by Vikram Gandhi, the film received great reviews at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
It’s scheduled to be released on December 16, 2016 and I can’t wait. Here is the Trailer!