Breakout “Insecure” star Issa Rae and singer-songwriter Sabrina Carpenter (“Girl Meets World”) have boarded Fox 2000’s upcoming drama “The Hate U Give.” According to Variety, George Tillman Jr. (“Notorious”) will direct the drama, which was adapted by Audrey Wells (“A Dog’s Purpose”) from Angela Thomas’ novel of the same name.
Amandla Stenberg (“Everything, Everything”) helms the coming-of-age story as 16 year-old Starr, a young girl from a poor neighborhood who attends a suburban prepatory school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, Khalil, Starr becomes embroiled in a tension-filled clash between two very different groups of people. The young teen attempts to speak her truth amidst the chaotic aftermath, while trying to stay afloat herself.
Rae will play an activist named April, who helps Starr find her voice in the tense situation. Carpenter will play Hailey, one of Starr’s school friends, according to THR. The film will also feature Regina Hall (“Girls Trip”), Russell Hornsby (“Grimm”), Algee Smith (“Detroit”), Lamar Johnson (“The Next Step”), and Common (“Selma”). Hall and Hornsby will play Starr’s parents, while Johnson will portray Seven, Starr’s older brother.
The original novel was a success before it was even published, after 13 publishing houses bid on the manuscript at auction. “The Hate U Give” was finally snagged by HarperCollin’s Balzer + Bray. Released Feb. 28, it was on the NY Times young adult best-seller list for 23 weeks, after debuting at No. 1. The novel shot Thomas to fame, who was the 2015 winner of the Walter Dean Myer Grant. She graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in Creative Writing, and was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement to write “The Hate U Give.”