“Straight Outta Compton” Star Jason Mitchell, “Boyhood” Star Ellar Coltrane Join Barack Obama Pic “Barry”


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Straight Outta Compton breakout star and the boy at the center of Boyhood, , have joined the cast of , the forthcoming Barack Obama biopic. They join previously cast Anya Taylor-Joy and newcomer , who will portray the young Obama. is directing, from a by Go the F*** to Sleep author .

Set in 1981, the movie follows the young -to-be as a college student finding his way through the urban wild of New York City. It’s comes on the heels of the Sundance favorite Southside With You, which told the story of Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date.

Ghandi will produce alongside and through their , with Dana O’Keefe producing for .

Mitchell, whose performance as NWA founding member Eazy-E drew rave reviews last summer, will next be seen in the action comedy Keanu from Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key. He’s currently filming Kong: Skull Island opposite Brie Larson. He is repped by and Authentic.

Coltrane is coming off of The Circle, starring Emma Watson, John Boyega, and Tom Hanks. He is repped by and .


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This story was first reported by Variety.

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