Amandla Stenberg to Star in Black Lives Matter-Inspired Film, 'The Hate U Give'

Amandla Stenberg to Star in Black Lives Matter-Inspired Film, 'The Hate U Give'
Source: AP
Source: AP

Woke Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg will take her woke-ness to the silver screen to star in the forthcoming Black Lives Matter-inspired film The Hate U Give, based on a young adult novel of the same name. The novel was inspired by the 2009 murder of unarmed black teenager Oscar Grant, according to the Variety.

The novel, The Hate U Givetells the story of a 16-year-old girl who attends a suburban prep school after being raised in a neighborhood in poverty. Her conflicting worlds erupt when she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed friend. The film will be adapted from author Angela Thomas' debut novel named after late rapper Tupac's acronymic tattoo, "T.H.U.G."

Amandla Stenberg looking woke AF.
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Notorious director George Tillman Jr. is set to direct the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter, after Fox 2000, Temple Hill and State Street won the rights in a "heated bidding war." Fox 2000 and Temple Hill previously released the lucrative 2014 film The Fault in Our Stars, also an adaptation of a young adult novel.

Read more: Cornel West Gave a Ringing Endorsement of Black Lives Matter on '60 Minutes'

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Jessica Eggert

Jessica is a staff writer at Mic, covering breaking news. She is based in New York and can be reached at jessica@mic.com.

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