‘Atlanta’ Star Brian Tyree Henry Joins Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”

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‘Atlanta’ Star Brian Tyree Henry Joins Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 30, 2017

Source: Deadline

Deadline is reporting that ‘Atlanta’ actor Brian Tyree Henry has been added to the cast of Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins‘ next feature, the love story “If Beale Street Could Talk,” joining newcomer Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, and Colman Domingo.

Production on the film is expected to start in October.

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, while Parris will play Tish’s streetwise sister, Ernestine, who is determined to help her future brother-in-law prove his innocence. Although it’s not confirmed, it’s assumed that King will play Tish’s mother, Sharon. Domingo will play Tish’s fiercely loving father who makes his daughter’s crusade his own.

Henry will play Daniel Carty, a friend of Fonny (James).

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.

Henry was last seen in the indie film Crown Heights, opposite his Atlanta co-star Lakeith Stanfield. Emmy-nominated for his guest stint on NBC’s This Is Us,  Henry is currently in production on Season 2 of the Golden Globe-winning FX comedy series Atlanta. His forthcoming films include the Steve McQueen-directed Widows, White Boy Rick with Matthew McConaughey, and Laura Steinel’s comedy Fam-i-ly.


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