|Algee Smith & Amandla Stenberg|
The novel that led to a bidding war that first-time authors dream of is officially a feature length film, and now we can take a first look at the story from book to script to screen!The first trailer for ‘The Hate U Give’ premiered at the BET Awards, and has collected almost two million views.
A synopsis of the film directed by George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Notorious) and written by Audrey Wells (The Game Plan, George of the Jungle, Under the Tuscan Sun) reads:
Starr Carter 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. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right…
Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it echoes the deaths of #TrayvonMartin, #EricGarner and #MikeBrown, among countless others, including the political, social and (lack of) legal action that followed.
The long-awaited project stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie and will be in theaters October 19. Watch the trailer below: