After a heated bidding war over the rights to Angela Thomas’ The Hate U Gave novel, Fox 2000 is now set to begin work on a film inspired by the Black Lives Matter book.
The film will see Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg as its star, playing the role of a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in the slums but now attends a prep school. When Starr sees her unarmed best friend shot by a police officer, Starr must find a way to speak truth to what she knows even as she walks the balance of two very different worlds.
George Tillman Jr. is set to direct the film, with Audrey Wells writing the script for the film adaptation.
Stenberg, 17, has been extremely outspoken about cultural appropriation and also police violence on social media.
When protests broke out in Baltimore last year in response to the death of Freddie Gray, Stenberg 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.”
“Don’t condemn our anger. Don’t denounce our pain as savage. What’s savage is the cruel inhumanity and brutality of the police. Condemn that,” she added.