Yesterday, on what would have been James Baldwin's 94th Birthday, the world got a brand new look into his legendary mind. Director Barry Jenkins, no relation but he's a cousin in my head, debuted the first look trailer for his adaptation of Baldwin's "If Beale Street Could Talk" via his Twitter with the sentiment:
Take a look!
"If Beale Street Could Talk” follows a pregnant woman from Harlem named Tish (Kiki Layne), whose lover (Stephan James) is falsely accused of rape. When Tish finds out she is pregnant while James’ character Fonny is in prison, she races against the clock with help from her family and her lawyer to find evidence to exonerate Fonny.
“There are days when you wonder what your role is in this country, and what your future is in it,” a voiceover by Baldwin says in the trailer. “The things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me to all the people who were alive.”
Production companies are Jenkins’ Pastel company, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is also financing the film. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and is scheduled to be released on Nov. 30 by Annapurna Pictures."
I'm definitely going to be in the theater OPENING NIGHT for this one!