Barry Jenkins conquered the 2016-2017 awards season when “Moonlight” won Oscars for best picture and best adapted screenplay, and now the writer-director is back in the awards race with the upcoming “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The drama is adapted from James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name and is being distributed by Annapurna Pictures.
“If Beal Street Could Talk” stars Kiki Layne and Stephan James as Clementine “Tish” Rivers and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt, two romantic partners forced apart when Fonny is falsely accused of rape. When Tish finds out she is pregnant while Fonny is in prison, she races against the clock with help from her family and her lawyer to find evidence to exonerate Fonny.
Jenkins adapted Baldwin’s novel himself and is reuniting with several of his Oscar-nominated “Moonlight” collaborators, including editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders, cinematographer James Laxton, and composer Nicholas Britell. The supporting cast includes Teyonah Parris, Regina King, and Brian Tyree Henry.
Annapurna will release “If Beale Street Could Talk” in select theaters this fall. Watch the trailer below.