The trailer and official one-sheet poster for “Moonlight,” director Barry Jenkins’ made-in-Miami drama about a young man’s coming of age, were unveiled today by distributor A24 Films.
Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the movie is comprised of three vignettes set in the late 1990s, the 2000s and present-day. The film stars Naomie Harris, Andre Holland and Mahershala Ali, along with newcomers Alex R. Hibbert and Jaden Piner, who joined the project year during open casting calls held last year in Liberty City.
“Moonlight” is Jenkins’ second film. His first, “Medicine for Melancholy,” was set in San Francisco and was released in 2009.
“We want this to be a Miami film,” Jenkins told the Herald in 2015. “We couldn’t shoot it anywhere else. We want Miami voices and faces. “Medicine” was personal to me for that period in my life, but this is even more personal. This is the city that created me. To make it as authentic as possible, we want to get people from the city in the film. Instead of being a reflection of Miami, we want it to be Miami.”
“Moonlight” will screen at the prestigious New York and Toronto Film Festivals, which often serve as the launching pad for Academy Award contenders. The movie was co-produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B company and will be released theatrically in the U.S. starting Oct. 21.