Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins Offers First Look At If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

by James White |
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Oscar-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been hard at work on his next drama, If Beale Street Could Talk for a while now. And since it's drawn from the work of late novelist James Baldwin, who was born on 2 August 1924, Jenkins has used the occasion to offer up a first look at the film via an extended teaser.

Baldwin's 1974 novel (reissued in 2006) is told through the eyes of Tish, a 19-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions: affection, despair and hope.

If Beale Street Could Talk features the likes of Regina King, Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein and Diego Luna in the cast and will arrive in the States on 30 November (taking aim at the awards race) and lands in the UK on 18 January.

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