Aunjanue Ellis, Finn Wittrock Join Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”

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Aunjanue Ellis, Finn Wittrock Join Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Posted by Wilson Morales

November 6, 2017

Source: Deadline

Deadline is reporting that Aunjanue Ellis and Finn Wittriock are the latest additions to the cast of Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins‘ next feature, the love story “If Beale Street Could Talk,”

The duo join newcomer Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, and Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein, and Michael Beach

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. King will play Tish’s mother, Sharon. Domingo will play Joseph, Tish’s fiercely loving father who makes his daughter’s crusade his own. Henry will play Daniel Carty, a friend of Fonny (James).

Ellis joins Beach as the parent of Fonny, Alice and Frank Hunt.

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.

Ellis currently plays Miranda Shaw in the ABC series Quantico. In 2016, Ellis played Nancy Turner, Nat Turner’s mother, in the critically acclaimed period drama film, The Birth of a Nation. Her previous film roles include Undercover Brother (2002), Ray (2004), The Express (2008), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and The Help (2011).

Wittrock was last seen in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. His other film credits include Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Adam McKay’s The Big Short. He received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his role as Dandy Mott in the FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show. He’s also appeared in American Horror Story: Hotel, and American Horror Story: Roanoke.


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