The latest role that Amandla Stenberg has just signed on for may make her an even bigger face of the Black Lives Matter movement.
I am so excited to announce that I will be starring in The Hate U Give, a film based on the novel by Angela Thomas inspired by Black Lives Matter. “Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg will star and George Tillman Jr. will direct the film adaptation from a script by Audrey Wells. Thomas’ story follows a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken slum, but now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she’s torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.” – @hollywoodreporter
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 17-year-old Hunger Games star is set to play the lead role in an upcoming film inspired by #BlackLivesMatter called The Hate U Give. The film, whose title is based on Tupac Shakur’s tattoo T.H.U.G., will follow the story of Starr, a 16-year-old suburban prep school student who must deal with the aftermath of witnessing her unarmed best friend get shot and killed by a police officer.
The Hate U Give will be an adaptation of Angela Thomas’s debut novel of the same name. Thomas wrote the novel in response to the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot dead by a police officer in Oakland, CA in 2009. Grant’s story sparked a series of protests and was also the inspiration for the film Fruitvale Station.
Stenberg’s role in the film seems like a bit of a no-brainer since she’s been vocal and outspoken in regards to her opinions on everything from feminism to issues facing the black community. This is definitely a movie that we’re looking forward to watching.