If Beale Street Could Talk: Kiki Layne to Play Lead in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Could Talk

Kiki Layne will play the lead role of Tish in Oscar winner Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

The filmmaker auditioned more than 300 women for the role and began their search in earnest earlier this summer. Layne, who auditioned in recent weeks, immediately won over Jenkins, who was blown away by her reading.

“We saw hundreds of young women and while many were artists with gifts we admired, Kiki Layne’s ability to showcase a rich interior life ultimately won the day,” Jenkins said of the casting. “I absolutely adore working with her and cannot wait to have her join us in translating Baldwin’s vision of this heroine to the screen.”

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