Anthony Mackie and YouTuber Kian Lawley are set to co-star in the upcoming drama The Hate U Give, Fox 2000’s film adaptation based on Angela Thomas’ NYT bestselling young adult novel. Production has officially begun in Atlanta, after Georgia TV and film productions were halted yesterday due to Hurricane Irma. George Tillman Jr. (Men Of Honor) on board to direct from a script by Tina Mabry and Audrey Wells.
Amandla Stenberg stars as Starr Carter, who 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. Mackie will play the local drug dealer King and Kian will play Starr’s boyfriend, Chris. [Source]