Considering the political climate now and in the past few years, The Hate U Give is an extremely timely film.
Based on the best-selling novel by Angie Thomas, the trailer released yesterday, to great fanfare on Twitter:
I'm a black girl from Mississippi who sometimes didn't have lights. Sometimes my family was on welfare. I'm straight from the hood, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
The trailer just dropped for a movie based on a book I wrote.
Nothing is impossible.
With that, bye Twitter ?
— T'ChAngie Thomas (@angiecthomas) June 25, 2018
16-year-old Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, Everything, Everything, The Darkest Minds), precariously navigates between the black, working-class neighborhood where she lives and the affluent, white school she attends. This separation breaks when Starr witnesses as white police officer shoot and kill her childhood best friend, Khalil (Algee Smith). Starr must find her voice and speak up for what's right, even when facing peer and community pressure.
The film also stars Issa Rae (Insecure), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Anthony Mackie (Captain America), Russell Hornsby (Fences, Grimm) and KJ Apa (Riverdale), Sabrina Carpenter and Common among others.
The film, directed by George Tillman, will be released October 19.
See the trailer below, and let us know what you think!