Barry Jenkins, the writer/director behind “Medicine for Melancholy,” aims to shake things up next year for indie distributor A24. Best known for this year’s surprise sleeper hit, “Ex Machina,” and critical docu-darling “Amy,” the relative Hollywood newcomer will finance Jenkins’ forthcoming feature film, “Moonlight.”
The film, based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by MacArthur Fellow Tarell McCraney, follows a young African American male, Chiron, as he struggles to define his masculinity and sexuality against the backdrop of a ‘War On Drugs’-era Miami.
“Southpaw” and “Spectre” actress Naomie Harris will co-star in the film, along with “Selma” actor André Holland and “Hunger Games” star Mahershala Ali. Singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe will also be making her big screen debut.