Barry Jenkins’ Next Casts SHOTS FIRED’s Stephan James

The MOONLIGHT writer/director's James Baldwin adaptation continues to develop.

Since Moonlight rightfully took home last year’s Best Picture Oscar (and should’ve won Best Director and every other award, but whatever), we’ve been not so patiently awaiting writer/director Barry Jenkins’ next project. Outside of features, he’s been busy developing a series for Amazon based on Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, and his next film sounds just as intriguing.

Titled If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins’ picture will adapt James Baldwin’s (I Am Not Your Negro) novel about Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their unborn child. Seeing how Jenkins’ handling of time was such an integral part of Moonlight’s narrative conceit, it’s doubly delightful to consider him making a “race against time” thriller.

Now If Beale Street Could Talk has cast Stephan James (of Fox’s Shots Fired) as Tish’s fiancé. No word yet on who will play the better half of this harried duo, but it’ll be cool to watch this project continue to develop. Who would you like to see in Jenkins’ next?