Amandla Stenberg to star in Black Lives Matter-inspired YA film The Hate U Give
Amandla Stenberg, the actress who played the young tribute Rue in The Hunger Games, is on board to star in a film inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Fox 2000 project is an adaptation of The Hate U Give, Angela Thomas’ forthcoming YA novel about a 16-year-old girl who grew up in poverty but now attends a suburban prep school and finds herself torn between two worlds when she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed friend.
George Tillman Jr. (The Longest Ride, Notorious) will direct from a script by Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun). Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill and Tillman’s State Street are producing.
Thomas first started working on The Hate U Give in 2011, while studying at Belhaven University. The title is a reference to one of Tupac Shakur’s tattoos.
Stenberg, whose credits also include Colombiana and Rio 2, has previously spoken out about police violence on social media. When protests broke out in Baltimore last year in response to the death of Freddie Gray, she tweeted, “My prayers go out to all my brothers & sisters in Baltimore. This battle is hard but crucial. The revolutionary youth will change the world.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news about The Hate U Give.