After some setbacks and a few cast changes, The Hate U Give, based on the YA Novel by Angie Thomas of the same name, has finally been given a release date for the fall of this year.
Directed by George Tillman Jr. and with a screenplay written by Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give tells the tale of a prep school student who becomes an activist after she witnesses the shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. The novel debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times young adult best-seller list and spent more than 23 weeks on it.
Fox 2000, Temple Hill and State Street acquired the rights to Thomas’ novel back in 2016 after winning a bidding war. Originally, Youtuber Kian Lawley was set to be in the film but he was dropped from the cast back in February after a video surfaced of what appears to be him uttering a racial slur. Fox quickly announced that Riverdale actor KJ Apa would be picking up the role, à la the All the Money in the World switch-up with Christopher Plummer following the sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey.
Other activism driven films based on YA novels coming out soon include The Darkest Minds based on the Alexandra Bracken book (and which is also starring Stenberg), Dumplin’, based on the Julie Murphy novel, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the book having been written by Becky Albertalli.
In addition to Apa, the film cast also includes Common, Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, and Algee Smith while Amandla Stenberg will be the main protagonist, Starr.
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The Hate U Give will be released into theaters on Oct. 19.