Barry Jenkins had a pretty good start to his year in 2017. After all, the director’s previous film Moonlight won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. And with that catapult of critical fame, Jenkins could direct any project he wanted. His choice? An adaptation of the 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk by author James Baldwin. Jenkins not only directs the adaptation but also penned the screenplay for it. The synopsis is as follows:
A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.
If Beale Street Could Talk stars Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry, and Regina King. It is set to hit theaters November 30th. Today, a teaser was released for the film in honor of Baldwin’s birthday. While Baldwin passed in December of 1987, his influence as an author lives on it seems: