Barry Jenkins—director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk—is set to direct a new biopic about iconic choreographer Alvin Ailey, Deadline reports. The Fox Searchlight film is being made with the support of the Ailey Organization and is co-produced by Alicia Keys.
Ailey, who died in 1989, is considered one of the most influential figures in modern dance. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. In 2014, President Barack Obama honored Ailey with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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