A new U.S. trailer for the upcoming If Beale Street Could Talk has arrived online.

The film is Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight, and is an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel – the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Beach, Ed Skrein, Diego Luna, Dave Franco, and Pedro Pascal are all amongst the cast of the film.

If Beale Street Could Talk will be released Stateside through Annapurna Pictures, and then through eOne in the UK. It will hit here on 18th January 2019.I had the absolute pleasure of seeing the film at TIFF just last week. You can find my extremely positive review over here.

Here’s that new trailer.