If Beale Street Could Talk, is Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Oscar Best Picture winner film Moonlight, which he adapted from James Baldwin’s novel of the same name.
Jenkins’ wrote the script for If Beale Street Could Talk during the same time he wrote Moonlight.
“Since then, Jenkins has been working with the Baldwin Estate. Baldwin’s sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, says, “We are delighted to entrust Barry Jenkins with this adaptation. Barry is a sublimely conscious and gifted filmmaker, whose ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ impressed us so greatly that we had to work with him.” – (Variety)
Actress Regina King has been cast for the film and will play a prominent role. Teyonah Parris, known for her roles in Dear White People and Chiraq, will also star in the film alongside people such as Dave Franco.
“Adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel by the same name, the story is about a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while pregnant with the couple’s first child.
The feature is being produced by Jenkins’ Pastel production banner and reteams Moonlight‘s producers from Brad Pitt’s company Plan B alongside Annapurna Pictures which is also financing the film.”
Production for the film started in October.
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