The movie is based on Angie Thomas’ debut novel of the same name, a New York Times bestseller that explores police violence, racial justice, activism and code-switching all while humanizing the black struggle; cries of protestors; and the reality of being black, and woman, in America. Its title stems from Tupac Shakur’s THUG LIFE philosophy, which stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants F**ks Everybody.” In other words, what society instills in its youth, including how society treats them, will return to it in full force, affecting us all.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:
Have you read T.H.U.G.? What do you think about the trailer? Are you going to go see the movie this fall?
Sharee Silerio is a St. Louis-based freelance writer, Film and TV writer-producer, and blogger. When she isn’t creating content for The Root or The St. Louis American, she enjoys watching drama/sci-fi/comedy movies and TV shows, writing faith and self-love posts for SincerelySharee.com, relaxing with a cup of chai tea, crafting chic DIY event décor, and traveling. Review her freelance portfolio at ShareeSilerio.com then connect with her on Facebook, Instagram andTwitter.