Essence Fest 2018: If Beale Street Could Talk Cast Q & A

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Essence Fest 2018: If Beale Street Could Talk Q & A
Posted by Wilson Morales

July 6, 2017

At the 2018 EssenceFest, Annapurna Pictures’ If Beale Street Could Talk cast members Regina King, Stephan James and Kiki Layne, alongside Academy Award-winning Beale Street and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins came on stage to show audiences an exclusive look at clips from the film followed by a Q&A moderated by Essence magazine’s Entertainment Director Cori Murray.

The cast of the film includes Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis and Finn Wittrock and Diego Luna.

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 plays 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 and Beach are Alice and Frank Hunt, the parents of Fonny.

Luna will play Pedrocito, a friend of Fonny and the guy who works in the Spanish restaurant.

The movie marks Jenkins’ first production with Annapurna and a reunion of “Moonlight’s” producing team with PASTEL and Plan B.  “Moonlight” won the 2016 Best Picture Oscar and Best Adapted Screenplay, which Jenkins shared with co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney.


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