Barry Jenkins (L) and Stephan James

Barry Jenkins (L) and Stephan James

*Stephan James is in talks to join the next project from the director of Oscar winner “Moonlight.”

According to Variety, the actor, who last starred opposite Sanaa Lathan in the Fox limited series “Shots Fired,” is circling Barry Jenkins’ upcoming film “If Beale Street Could Talk,” based on the novel by James Baldwin.

As previously reported, the love story follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their unborn child. The movie is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives.

James would play Fonny, Tish’s fiance. According to Variety, Jenkins had been meeting with actors and actresses to cast the lead roles over the past month and sources say he’ll make a decision on who will play Tish in the next week or so.

Annapurna Pictures is financing and distributing, with Jenkins serving as both writer and director. Production is expected to start in October.

Per Variety:

Jenkins, who has wanted to make the film for many years, wrote the screenplay during the same summer in 2013 when he penned “Moonlight.” Since then, Jenkins has been working with the Baldwin Estate. The movie will mark Jenkins’ first production with Annapurna and a reunion of “Moonlight’s” producing team with PASTEL and Plan B.

James also starred as Jesse Owens in the Focus biopic “Race.”