Regina King has joined the cast of Barry Jenkins’ next film, If Beale Street Could Talk. Adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel by the same name, the story is about a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while pregnant with the couple’s first child.
According to Deadline, King will play a key role in the film opposite Canadian actor Stephan James (Race, Selma) and newcomer KiKi Layne in the film, currently being filmed in New York City.
King has come a long way since fans watched her grow up on 227. For her powerful performances on John Ridley’s riveting anthology American Crime for ABC, she has earned three Emmy Award nominations and two wins. King previously inked a two-year pact for her and sister Reina King’s production company Royal Ties with ABC Studios.
The actress is also a director, and most recently helmed upcoming episodes of NBC’s hit This is Us and Showtime’s critically acclaimed Shameless. Her past directing credits include TNT’s Animal Kingdom and episodes of ShondaLand’s Scandal.
If Beale Street Could Talk is Jenkins’ first film since his Best Picture Oscar win for Moonlight. The feature is being produced by Jenkins’ Pastel production banner and reteams Moonlight‘s producers from Brad Pitt’s company Plan B alongside Annapurna Pictures.