watch: naomie harris, janelle monáe, and mahershala ali star in 80s lgbt drama 'moonlight'

Set in Miami, 'Moonlight' follows the story of Juan, a black gay man struggling with his sexuality.

by Charlotte Gush
19 August 2016, 2:52pm

The first trailer has been revealed for Moonlight, starring Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe, and Mahershala Ali. Directed by Barry Jenkins, the film is an adaptation the Tarell Alvin McCraney play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue; it follows three chapters in the life of Chiron, a black man coming to terms with his sexuality in 1980s Miami, while the War on Drugs rages in the background.

Scheduled for release in the US on October 21, the film represents Monáe's first major film role (other than her voice work on Rio 2). Monáe will also star in 2017's Hidden Figures, a film about three African American women who worked as mathematicians and engineers on the famous Earth orbit mission in 1962, in which Ali also appears.

Janelle Monae
Naomie Harris
Mahershala Ali