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Barry Jenkins to Direct Chadwick Boseman in ‘Expatriate,’ Shares ‘Phantom Thread’ Reaction

Written by on January 15, 2018 


It’s been quite the past year for Barry Jenkins. After earning acclaimed for his breakthrough feature Moonlight, it went on to win Best Picture in a surprising, welcome victory and now he’s already begin working on his follow-up, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk (which nearly made the top spot on our list of the most-anticipated films of 2018, if it wasn’t for a new film from one of Jenkins’ favorite directors). We now have news on another project from the director in what will be a genre shift.

Deadline reports that the Moonlight helmer will direct the thriller Expatriate, set to star Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, 42). Scripted by the actor himself alongside Logan Coles, Universal will produce the project, backed by Marc Platt. Although no details are known outside of it being “an international thriller set around a 1970s plane hijacking,” with this star and director attached, that’s all we need to know. In the meantime, as we await more details, check out Jenkins’ thoughts on one of the best films of 2017:

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