If Beale Street Could Talk Brought Kiki Layne to the Limelight, Now She is Forging Her Own Path in Hollywood

Kiki Layne made a big splash with her first movie role in If Beale Street Could Talk. The film and the actors were nominated for numerous awards, and Kiki was the talk of the tinsel town during the award season. Her impeccable fashion sense combined with a heart-wrenching performance in Beale Street opened her up to an adoring fan base, which has not been disappointed by her smart selection in acting projects and her red carpet appearances. With each performance she is realigning her career trajectory, while not fitting any mold, Kiki is forging her own path to international stardom.

Kiki Layne Plays Nile Freeman in the Netflix Movie The Old Guard

The Old Guard is a new superhero movie from Netflix, based on the graphic novel of the same name. Gina Prince-Bythewood, the famed female director, is helming the project with Charlize Theron starring and producing. The project started development in 2018 at Skydance, and in 2019 Netflix agreed to co-finance the movie along with Charlize agreeing to a production and starring deal.

The new Netflix movie follows the exploits of immortal mercenaries who have shaped human history through decades of battles and assassinations. They hide in the shadows, never connecting with people because they are unable to die as well as to protect their secret from the world. But when a new immortal is awakened, they race to find the person while also fighting for their freedom from an enemy who seeks to harness their power and use it for themselves.

Kiki Layne plays Nile Freeman in the Netflix movie The Old Guard.Kiki Layne plays Nile Freeman in the Netflix movie The Old Guard.
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Kiki Layne plays Nile Freeman in the Netflix movie The Old Guard. Nile Freeman is the new immortal who is awakened, and Andy, the leader of the mercenary group, goes off to find her before she falls into the wrong hands and becomes a lab rat for people seeking to unlock the key to immortality. There are also problems on the team’s horizon while they try to make Nile Freeman a part of the team.

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Netflix is releasing the new show on 10 July 2020. The Old Guard cast includes Charlize Theron as Andy/Andromache of Scythia, Kiki Layne as Nile Freeman, Matthias Schoenaerts as Booker/Sebastian le Livre, Marwan Kenzari as Joe/Yusuf Al-Kaysani, Luca Marinelli as Nicky/Nicolo di Genova, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Copley, Harry Melling as Merrick, Veronica Ngo as Quynh, Anamaria Marinca as Dr. Meta Kozak and Joey Ansah as Keane.

Kiki Layne Shot to Fame with Her Role of Tish Rivers in the Movie If Beale Street Could Talk

Kiki Layne rose to fame with the role of Tish Rivers in the movie If Beale Street Could Talk.Kiki Layne rose to fame with the role of Tish Rivers in the movie If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Kiki Layne started her career in Hollywood with an appearance in the medical drama series Chicago Med. But the show was just a stepping stone for the actress who was cast in the role of Tish Rivers in the Barry Jenkins movie If Beale Street Could Talk. The film from Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures was based on the book by James Baldwin, and after the release of the movie, everyone involved with the project was lauded for their work.

Kiki played Tish Rivers in the movie, where she sets out on a path to prove her childhood friend, lover, and father of her child, innocent of a crime he did not commit. Tish and Alonzo were starting a life together, but when the police arrest Alonzo of a crime, Tish embarks on a quest to prove his innocence while also struggling to keep their love alive, battling both the justice system and their own families.

The movie was critically acclaimed, and Kiki came into the spotlight through the film. Then the award season started, and Kiki bedazzled the world with her impeccable fashion sense, which earned her a massive following on the internet. Not only did she impress the world on the silver screen, but she was also incorporating black artists into her work on the red carpet, which made her an immediate fan favorite.

Get to Know Kiki Layne – Telling the Story of Black Experience Matters to Her

Kiki Layne is a 28 year old actress from Cincinnati who trained in Chicago and lives in LA.Kiki Layne is a 28 year old actress from Cincinnati who trained in Chicago and lives in LA.
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Kiki Layne was born in 1992 to her parents in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Nile Freeman actress said acting was something she was born to do, and her parents sent her to performance school from the age of 7. Her career really started from the age of seven, and seeing black actresses on TV and movie gave her hope of finding something meaningful as a black actress working in Hollywood.

To pursue her career in acting, The Old Guard actress moved to Chicago, where she attended DePaul University. She was a member of the graduating class of 2014, and after finishing her education, Kiki decided to move to LA to see what Hollywood has to offer. It was a small weight, but meaningful roles found its way to her, resulting in her starring in If Beale Streets Could Talk.

Since her appearance in the movie, Kiki has been adamant about finding roles that she feels good about, something she can enjoy being part of. Soon the Nile Freeman actress will be seen flexing her comedic muscle in the movie Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy, the sequel to his 1988 classic film Coming to America.

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