The film explores the time when Obama was a college student in New York City and forged key relationships, including with a fellow student (Taylor-Joy).
Devon Terrell and Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of the hit horror movie The Witch, are starring in Barry, being directed by Vikram Gandhi and produced by Black Bear Pictures along with Cinetic Media.
Janssen will play Taylor-Joy’s sophisticated and opinionated mother.
Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) are among those already cast in the feature.
Janssen is coming off of last week’s announcement that she will star in NBC’s spinoff of its hit series, The Blacklist. The actress is best known for playing Jean Grey/Marvel Girl in the X-Men movies and for co-starring opposite Liam Neeson in the Taken action franchise.