George Tillman Jr.’s The Hate U Give To Hit Theaters On October 19Posted by Wilson Morales
May 24, 2018
Fox 2000 has announced that the highly anticipated film adaptation of best-selling YA novel The Hate U Give will arrive in theaters on October 19.
Based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angela Thomas, The Hate U Give is a timely, powerful and thought-provoking story of race and identity, told from the perspective of Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, As You Are). Starr is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. What Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Directed by George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men of Honor, Notorious) from a screenplay by Tina Mabry and Audrey Wells, the film also stars Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby as Starr’s parents Lisa and Maverick. Lamar Johnson will play Seven, Starr’s older brother. Detroit’s Algee Smith will play Starr’s childhood friend, Khalil. Common will play Starr’s uncle who is a police officer. Issa Rae plays April, the activist that helps Stenberg’s character find her voice and speak up. Anthony Mackie will portray local drug dealer, King, while K.J. Apa will portray the boyfriend of Amandla Stenberg’s Starr. Singer-songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter will play Hailey, one of Starr’s friends from her prep school.
The Hate U Give spent 63 weeks on The New York Times young adult best-seller list after debuting at No.1. The title comes from a tattoo worn by Tupac Shakur (the acronym T.H.U.G.). The film’s producers are Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Bob Teitel.