Barry Jenkins shares the teaser trailer for 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

A first teaser trailer for “If Beale Street Could Talk” is now online, debuting in celebration of late author James Baldwin’s birthday. “Beale Street” hails from Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins and marks his followup to 2016’s Best Picture, “Moonlight”. Check out the teaser in the player above.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” tells the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their firstborn child. 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.

Jenkins, planning his take on “Beale Street” for years, adapted the book during the same 2013 summer sojourn during which he wrote “Moonlight”. Since then, Jenkins has worked to secure the trust of the Baldwin Estate.

“We are delighted to entrust Barry Jenkins with this adaptation,” said Baldwin’s sister, Gloria Karefa-Smart, when the project was first announced. “Barry is a sublimely conscious and gifted filmmaker, whose ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ impressed us so greatly that we had to work with him.”

“James Baldwin is a man of and ahead of his time,” adds Jenkins. “His interrogations of the American consciousness have remained relevant to this day. To translate the power of Tish and Fonny’s love to the screen in Baldwin’s image is a dream I’ve long held dear. Working alongside the Baldwin Estate, I’m excited to finally make that dream come true.”

The film adaptation stars KiKi Layne as Tish alongside a cast that also includes Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach and many more.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is produced by PASTEL and Plan B (who also produced “Moonlight”). It will be released in theaters November 30, 2018 through Annapurna.