In October, A24 is releasing Moonlight, an evocative exploration of growing up black and queer in Miami. Directed by Barry Jenkins, the film is set for an “October 21, 2016 (NY & LA) theatrical premiere […] followed by an expansion to other markets around the country.”

From Shadow and Act:

“Moonlight” features a solid cast of actors including Naomie Harris, Andre Holland and Mahershala Ali. The trio are joined by relative newcomers Alex R. Hibbert and Jaden Piner, who were cast after an extensive casting call in the Miami area, where the film is set.

The film, based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by award-winning playwright Tarell McCraney, is a triptych drama about black queer youth, following Miami kids as they navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality. Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes and Jharrel Jerome round out the cast, with Janelle Monae also attached, her big screen debut in the film (along with Ted Melfi’s upcoming “Hidden Figures”).

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