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January 12, 2018

Barry Jenkins To Direct Thriller ‘Expatriate’ Starring Chadwick Boseman

In his career so far, Barry Jenkins has focused on crafting intimate character studies in his films including “Medicine For Melancholy” and the Oscar winning “Moonlight.” It’s a safe bet that his upcoming adaptation of James Baldwin‘s terrific “If Beale Street Could Talk” will be similarly constructed. However, the filmmaker is getting ready to significantly shift gears.

Deadline reports that Jenkins has signed up to director “Expatriate,” with “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman to lead the picture, which he also co-wrote. From those details alone we’re pretty excited, but we’ve even moreso upon learning it’s going to be a thriller about a 1970s plane hijacking. That’s all that’s being shared about the project right now, but the film will be Jenkins’ first big studio project, with Universal backing the film. As for Boseman, it’s also a step up. He’s previously written and directed the short “Blood Over A Broken Pawn,” but this a certainly a leap forward in his filmmaking aspirations.

No word yet on when the project might shoot, but it’s probably a way off as Jenkins will likely spent the bulk of the year finishing up ‘Beale Street’ (which is now in post-production) and getting it out into the world.

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