Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Taps Newcomer; Eileen O’Higgins Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’; ‘1st Born’ Rounds Out Its Cast

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Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Taps Newcomer; Eileen O’Higgins Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’; ‘1st Born’ Rounds Out Its Cast
Newcomer KiKi Layne has landed the lead role in Barry Jenkins’ film adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk, beating out more than 300 young women who auditioned. Layne will star as Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their firstborn child to term. Annapurna is financing and producing the adaptation alongside Plan B Entertainment and Pastel, and it marks the first film under…
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