The New York-based company continues its surge into production, announcing on Wednesday that shooting has begun on the drama starring Naomie Harris, André Holland and Mahershala Ali.

Naomie Harris

A24 is fully financing and holds worldwide rights and is producing Moonlight alongside Plan B and Adele Romanski. The drama is scheduled for a 2016 theatrical release.

Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to Medicine For Melancholy is based on Tarell McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.

The story tells of a young man who comes of age during the “War On Drugs” era in Miami and focuses on his quarter-life crisis, deteriorating home life and awakening sexuality.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe makes her big screen debut.