Which Straight Outta Compton Star Landed a Role in the Barack Obama Biopic?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30:  (L-R) Actors Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge and O'Shea Jackson Jr. attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)

Which Straight Outta Compton Star Landed a Role in the Barack Obama Biopic?

The film will focus on POTUS's college years.

PUBLISHED ON : MARCH 15, 2016 / 09:15 AM

The coming end of the Barack Obama presidency means nostalgia is running deep, so it's no surprise that America's transformative POTUS will be memorialized in a number of biopics. Southside With You, about Barack's sweet courtship with Michelle Obama, has already stormed Sundance and secured a distribution deal, and hot on its heels will come Barry, a film about the president's college days at Columbia University.

We already know that newcomer Devon Terrell (not to be confused with the rapper Devvon Terrell) will play a young Barry O in the film directed by Vikram Gandhi. Now, Variety reports that one of Hollywood's hottest rising stars has joined the cast: Straight Outta Compton's Jason Mitchell.

It's not clear who Mitchell will play in the film, though it seems likely it will be some kind of friend of Obama's. Also joining the cast is Boyhood star Ellar Coltrane, again in an unspecified role.

Regardless, a film about a future president running around the New York City of the 1980s? Sign us up.

Watch Mitchell and his SOC castmates talk about the crazy ride they had with the film's unexpected success in our exclusive red carpet interviews below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photos from top: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner, Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)


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