Exclusive: Diego Luna Joins Barry Jenkins’ Love Story “If Beale Street Could Talk”Posted by Wilson Morales
November 20, 2017
Blackfilm.com has learned that Diego Luna has been added to the cast of Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins‘ next feature, the love story “If Beale Street Could Talk,”
He joins newcomer Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis and Finn Wittrock.
Production has already started shooting in Harlem, New York City.
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 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. He was recently seen on the set with Jenkins and Layne.
Luna’s most recent film was the remake of Flatliners, opposite Ellen Page and Kiersey Clemons. He played Cassian Andor in the blockbuster in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Other film credits include Y Tu Mamá También, The Terminal, Milk and Elysium.
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.