Newcomer Kiki Layne Joins Stephan James In Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”

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Newcomer Kiki Layne Joins Stephan James In Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Posted by Wilson Morales

September 13, 2017

Source: Variety

Variety is reporting that Newcomer Kiki Layne has been cast opposite Stephan James 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 (Layne), 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.

James will play Fonny, Tish’s fiance.

“We saw hundreds of young women and while many were artists with gifts we admired, Kiki Layne’s ability to showcase a rich interior life ultimately won the day,” Jenkins said of the casting. “I absolutely adore working with her and cannot wait to have her join us in translating Baldwin’s vision of this heroine to the screen.”

Production on the film is expected to start in October.

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.

Layne is originally from Cincinnati and moved to Los Angeles just three months ago. She recently graduated from DePaul University. She will next seen in the upcoming Focus features film “Captive State,” directed by Rupert Wyatt. She is repped by Mosaic, and Grossman & Jack Talent.


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