Netflix has just dropped the first trailer for the emotional Barack Obama biopic

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It’s the end of an era; as of January 2017, President Barack Obama will be leaving the White House to make room for the nightmare that is Donald Trump.

In a bid to ease our aching hearts, Netflix have done what they do best, and whipped up an amazing looking show for us all to binge on. Better still, it’s all about Obama’s days as a young college student – and allows us a closer look at the determined and driven politician.

The biopic will follow the future Prez – known to his friends as “Barry” – as he arrives in NYC in the autumn of 1981. The leaves are turning gold, the winds of change are in the air, and it’s time for our young hero to begin his junior year at Columbia University.

Netflix explains: “In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates.

Barry is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later.”

Watch the trailer for yourself below:

It promises to be a “powerful artistic exploration of a pivotal year in the life of the future 44th President of the United States, during which he developed the foundations for his views on race, government, and what it means to be American,” says Netflix – and we don’t doubt it for a second.

Directed by Vikram Gandhi, and starring Devon Terrell, Ashley Judd, Anna Taylor-Joy, Ellar Coltrane and Jason Mitchell, the show has already been met with rave reviews from critics.

We have it pegged as must-watch viewing ahead of Trump’s inauguration next year.

Barry will be available to view on Netflix from 16 December, so be sure to pop that date in your diaries.


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.