Barry Jenkin’s Movie “If Beale Street Could Talk” Casting Call in NYC


Casting calls out in NYC for Barry Jenkin’s new movie “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Barry Jenkins and Annapurna Pictures are working on a new movie project this fall which is an adaptation of “If Beale Street Could Talk.”  Barry Jenkins’ previous movie project won the best picture Oscar.

The movie recently started production in New York City and is now casting locals to fill numerous, small, paid roles as extras, featured extras, stand-ins and photo doubles.

Barry Jenkins is writing and directing the film for Annapurna Pictures which is also the company behind the summer’s “Detroit” film.

If Beale Street Could Talk” is an adaptation of the novel, of the same name, written by James Baldwin.   According to an indiewire write up on IMDB, Baldwin’s novel follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first born child. It’s a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives.” – indiewire

According to Variety, Barry Jenkins had been working on the film for quite some time and has wanted to make the film for many years.  Variety does report that Jenkins wrote the screenplay during the same summer in 2013 when he wrote the screenplay for “Moonlight.” Barry Jenkins has been working with the Baldwin Estate on the project with Gloria Karefa-Smart, stating her excitement by saying, “We are delighted to entrust Barry Jenkins with this adaptation. Barry is a sublimely conscious and gifted filmmaker, whose ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ impressed us so greatly that we had to work with him.”

Interested? Here is the casting call:


GWCI is seeking the following for IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, directed by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight):

SAG-AFTRA and NON-UNION to portray young male African American correctional facility inmates with 1970s hair. 20s-30s age range. Works on Tuesday 11/14 in the NYC area.

If you are interested and available, please email with the subject line marked “FB INMATE” and provide the following info in the body of your email:

-Full name
-Union status (SAG-AFTRA or Non-Union)
-Phone number
-Confirm you have full day availability for Tuesday 11/13
-Your current sizes: Height, weight, jacket, neck, sleeve, waist, inseam, shoe.
-2-3 good quality selfies that clearly depict your current look and hair length (no headshots)

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