Amandla Stenberg cast in movie adaptation of Black Lives Matter-inspired YA novel

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Actress Amandla Stenberg attends the premiere of Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” at Microsoft Theater on November 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

One of our favorite Tributes is moving on to another adaptation. Amandla Stenberg, who played the role of District 11’s Rue, will star in the movie based on the yet-to-be-released YA novel The Hate U Give.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FOX 2000 won the rights in a bidding. The project will be directed by George Tillman Jr.

Publisher’s Weekly describes the novel, written by A.C. Thomas, as: the story of 16-year-old Starr, who navigates between the poverty-stricken slum she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is an eyewitness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

We’re very excited for this timely novel, and will be covering the project throughout.

 

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