‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Trailer: Barry Jenkins’ Adaptation of James Baldwin’s Novel

Barry Jenkins' Adaptation

Annapurna Pictures has released the first trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name.

The film stars Kiki Layne and Stephan James as young lovers in 1970s Harlem whose engagement is interrupted by a false rape accusation by a racist cop. The footage features a narration from James Baldwin himself, and the trailer was shared on the anniversary of his birth.

The full ensemble cast includes Teyonah Parris, Regina King, Colman Domingo plus Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Dave Franco, Brian Tyree Henry, Ed Skrein, Finn Wittrock, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, and Emily Rios.

If Beale Street Could Talk will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, before opening in select theaters on November 30 right in the heart of Oscar season. See the first trailer below for Jenkins’ follow-up to Moonlight.

Barry Jenkins' Adaptation

In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.