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Finn Wittrock & Aunjanue Ellis Cast In ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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Finn Wittrock & Aunjanue Ellis Cast In ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Exclusive: Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story, The Big Short) and Aunjanue Ellis (The Birth of a Nation, Quantico) are set for Barry Jenkins’next film If Beale Street Could Talk. Currently in production, the drama is based on James Baldwin's novel about Tish (newcomer KiKi Layne), a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. The two join an already impressive cast roster that…
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’: Dave Franco & Ed Skrein Cast In Barry Jenkins’ Film

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’: Dave Franco & Ed Skrein Cast In Barry Jenkins’ Film
Exclusive: Dave Franco and Ed Skrein have come aboard If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight. Based on James Baldwin’s novel, the drama follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. Jenkins tapped newcomer KiKi Layne to star in the film, along with Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King
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‘Atlanta’ Star Brian Tyree Henry Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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‘Atlanta’ Star Brian Tyree Henry Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Exclusive: Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry has been cast in the Barry Jenkins adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the 1974 novel by James Baldwin. Henry joins KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo and Regina King in the pic, which is slated to begin production this month. It’s the story of Tish (Layne), a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. Henry will play Daniel…
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Colman Domingo Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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Colman Domingo Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Colman Domingo has joined the cast of If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins' follow-up to his Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight that he adapted from James Baldwin’s novel. He joins newcomer KiKi Layne, Stephan James and Regina King in the pic, which is set up at Annapurna Pictures. Production is slated to begin this month. Adapted from the 1974 Baldwin novel, the story centers on a newly engaged Harlem woman, Tish (Layne), who races against the clock to prove the…
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Colman Domingo Joins Barry Jenkins’ Drama ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Colman Domingo Joins Barry Jenkins’ Drama ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Fear the Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo has joined the cast of Barry Jenkins’ drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opposite Regina King, Stephan James, and KiKi Layne with filming underway in New York.

If Beale Street Could Talk” is adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name about a pregnant Harlem woman whose lover is falsely accused of rape. Production companies are Jenkins’ Pastel company, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is also financing the film.

“Beale Street” is the first movie for Jenkins since “Moonlight” won the best picture Academy Award. Domingo plays the father of Layne’s character who makes his daughter’s crusade his own.

The film marks the first feature under the production pact between Pastel and Annapurna and is also part of Plan B’s production deal with Annapurna. Jenkins has been working closely with the Baldwin Estate to write the screenplay, and production
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Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
In today’s film news roundup, Regina King will star in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Bold Films gets $50 million in financing, and rights are sold to Justin Chatwin thriller “Legacy” prior to Afm.

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Regina King will star in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opposite Stephan James and KiKi Layne with filming underway in New York.

If Beale Street Could Talk” is adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name about a pregnant Harlem woman whose lover is falsely accused of rape. Production companies are Jenkins’ Pastel company, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is also financing the film.

“Beale Street” is the first movie for Jenkins since “Moonlight” won the best picture Academy Award. King has won two Emmys for John Ridley’s “American Crime” series for ABC and had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Leftovers.” Her feature
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Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins’ Next Film ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins’ Next Film ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Exclusive: Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire) has joined Barry JenkinsIf Beale Street Could Talk, which marks the writer/director's next film following his Oscar-winning Best Motion Moonlight. King, who is also a filmmaker, will play a key role in the film opposite Stephan James and newcomer KiKi Layne in the film which is underway in New York. Adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel by the same name, the story is about a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the…
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Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Is Seeking Background Actors in New York

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Barry Jenkins’ next project might have found its leads, but that doesn’t mean it’s done searching for talent. The film, which stars new actor Kiki Layne opposite Stephen James as the two leads, is looking for actors to bring its 1970s NYC scenes to life. The story follows “Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their firstborn child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love, and the promise of the American dream.” Cindy Tolan is handling principal casting for the project. The James Baldwin novel adaptation is seeking union and nonunion background actors. Male and female talent, aged 18 and older, of all races are needed to portray Puerto Rican club goers and neighborhood residents in the film.
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Greenlit Roundup: Casting News to Note for the Week Ahead

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Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! Here's what you should know about projects that are moving along. Amy Poehler is Headed to Netflix (well, sort of)Netflix has put a comedy from Poehler, Leslye Headland, and Natasha Lyonne into development, and all three women are producing the project. Currently untitled, it will be an eight part series that follows a woman who can’t escape a New York City party where she’s an honoree. Lyonne will star in the project, but no other names are attached. If history serves, Headland might go with a frequent CD collaborator. More details here. Barry Jenkins’ next project has its leadsNewcomer Kiki Layne will star opposite Stephen James in “If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Greenlit: Barry Jenkins Finds His Lead for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! Barry Jenkins searched far and wide to find the lead for his screen treatment of James Baldwin’s novel, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” After beginning auditions earlier this summer, the Oscar-winning director landed on newcomer Kiki Layne for the starring role of Tish. The team, including casting director Cindy Tolan (“Straight Outta Compton,” “This is Where I Leave You”), saw more than 300 women for the role, but when Layne came into the room in recent weeks, Jenkins saw something different in the young actor. The story features “Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their firstborn child to term. It is
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Barry Jenkins’ New Film Finds Lead in Newcomer Kiki Layne (Exclusive)

Barry Jenkins’ New Film Finds Lead in Newcomer Kiki Layne (Exclusive)
Kiki Layne will play the lead role of Tish in Barry Jenkins and Annapurna’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” sources tell Variety.

The filmmakers auditioned more than 300 women for the role and began their search in earnest earlier this summer. Layne, who auditioned in recent weeks, immediately won over Jenkins, who was blown away by her reading.

“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.”

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Barry Jenkins’ New Film Casts ‘Shots Fired’ Star Stephan James (Exclusive)

Annapurna Pictures is financing and distributing the love story, with Jenkins writing and directing. Production is expected to start in October.

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