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A24 has released more than its fair share of notable films during its brief existence so far. Just this year alone, they’ve released “The Lobster,” “Green Room” and “The Witch.” All of which have been widely acclaimed. But their latest film “Moonlight” represents a first for the young studio. Writer/director/producer Barry Jenkins’ upcoming drama marks the company’s first in-studio production. The film is partnered with Plan B Productions, with Brad Pitt onboard as executive producer.
Moonlight is based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film tells the life story of a young man named Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) via three defining chapters of his life. Set in the 1980’s Miami during the height of Reagan’s War on Drugs. “Moonlight” follows Chiron as he comes of age, falls in love and discovers his own sexuality. All while learning to embrace his own vision of masculinity as characters float in and out of his life. The ensemble cast includes Naomie Harris (“Spectre”), André Holland (“The Knick”), Mahershala Ali (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), Edson Jean (“War Dogs”), and soul/R&B singer Janelle Monaé. It is her debut film performance.
Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by MacArthur Fellow Tarell McCraney. Moonlight tells the story of Chiron, a young man who comes of age during “War on Drugs” era Miami. Structured in three different time periods – the most pivotal moments of Chiron’s fraught quarter-life, battling a deteriorating home life and his dawning sexuality – the film aims for a radical depiction of modern masculinity.
“Moonlight” will have its international premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It will also screen at the New York Film Festival a month later.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Screenwriter: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Naomie Harris, Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Alex R. Hibbert, Jaden Piner, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Jharrel Jerome
A24 will then release Moonlight in theaters on October 21.