‘Shots Fired’ Star Stephan James Cast In Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”

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‘Shots Fired’ Star Stephan James Cast In Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 29, 2017

Source: Variety

Variety is reporting that ‘Shots Fired’ star Stephan James will be starring in Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins‘ next feature, the love story “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first born child. The movie is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives.

According to the site, James will play Fonny, Tish’s fiance. Jenkins had been meeting with actors and actresses for the roles of Tish and Fonny over the past month and sources say a decision on who will play Tish should come in the next week or so.

Production on the film is expected to start in October.

Jenkins, who has wanted to make the film for many years, wrote the screenplay during the same summer sojourn in 2013 when he penned “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.”

The movie will mark Jenkins’ first production with Annapurna and a reunion of “Moonlight’s” producing team with PASTEL and Plan B.  “Moonlight” won this year’s best picture Oscar.

James recently starred opposite Sanaa Lathan in the Fox limited series “Shots Fired.” His also starred as Jesse Owens in the Focus biopic “Race.” His breakout role came in the role of Ralph Abernathy in Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” for Paramount Pictures.


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