'Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane, 'Compton's' Jason Mitchell to Star in 'Barry'

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Ellar Coltrane and Jason Mitchell Cast in Barack Obama Biopic ‘Barry’

“Boyhood” actor Ellar Coltrane and “Straight Outta Compton’s” Jason Mitchell have been cast in the forthcoming Barack Obama film “Barry,” Variety reports.

The biopic follows Obama’s days as a Columbia University student in New York City. He later went on to Harvard Law School. Shooting begins later this month.

Coltrane rose to fame in Richard Linklater‘s 2014 coming-of-age drama “Boyhood,” filmed over 12 years and costarring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Coltrane appeared in the film by shooting scenes from age 6 to 18. “Boyhood” was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Hawke and Best Supporting Actress for Arquette, which she won.

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Mitchell last appeared in “Straight Outta Compton” as rapper Eazy-E and will be seen next in Key and Peele’s comedy “Keanu,” opening April 29.

Coltrane recently concluded “The Circle,” opposite Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. The forthcoming drama is adapted from the 2013 book by Dave Eggers that tells the story of a tech industry wiz, played by Watson, who becomes a heavy hitter in the Circle, a tech conglomerate that supports transparency over personal privacy among individuals. Coltrane will star as her boyfriend and Hanks will play the corporation’s founder.

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