“Fear the Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo has joined the cast of Barry Jenkins’ drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opposite Regina King, Stephan James, and KiKi Layne with filming underway in New York.
“If Beale Street Could Talk” is adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name about a pregnant Harlem woman whose lover is falsely accused of rape. Production companies are Jenkins’ Pastel company, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is also financing the film.
“Beale Street” is the first movie for Jenkins since “Moonlight” won the best picture Academy Award. Domingo plays the father of Layne’s character who makes his daughter’s crusade his own.
The film marks the first feature under the production pact between Pastel and Annapurna and is also part of Plan B’s production deal with Annapurna. Jenkins has been working closely with the Baldwin Estate to write the screenplay, and production is slated to begin this month.
Domingo is currently directing the play “A Guide for Homesick” for Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company and he co-wrote the play “Lights Out: Nat ‘King’ Cole.” Domingo also recently wrapped his third season as Victor Strand in AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” and is in development on the drama “In the Middle of the Street,” inspired by his play “Dot,” for AMC.
Feature film credits for Domingo include “Birth of a Nation,” “Selma,” and “Lincoln.” Other TV credits include “The Knick,” “Lucifer,” and “Law & Order.” His theater credits include “Chicago,” “Scottsboro Boys,” “Exit Cuckoo,” and “Passing Strange.” Domingo is represented by Gersh and Liebman Entertainment.