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If you haven’t been keeping up with Twitter, movie news, or YA updates, you might not know that production on THE HATE U GIVE‘s movie recently wrapped. And can we just take a minute to say how incredibly excited we are for this film?! It’s such an important story that has resonated with so many readers, and from casting to photos from set, it’s looking absolutely AHHHMAZING.

And you might not have known this was happening. If that’s the case, SURPRISE! This probably made your day better. Also, you should probably follow @angiecthomas on Twitter, because she’s been coming through with all kinds of important news.

Including—sidenote, info about her next book?! ON THE COME UP isn’t hitting shelves until next year, but Angie has been dropping hints and teases that have us already preparing our bookshelves. Can 2018 hurry up and get here, please?!

Anyway, while we wait (somewhat) patiently until we can see the THE HATE U GIVE in theaters, we thought it’d be helpful to put everything we know about it in one place. And of course we’ll update with all the exciting announcements still to come, like the release date and any official stills. But for now, here’s everything you need to know!

 

The Book

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban 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. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community.

It could also endanger her life.

Please note, Angie wrote the book the movie is adapting. She did not cast the film nor does she have answers regarding the release date or anything else involving the movie!! Please do not bug her about this she is busy writing our next fave book.

 

The Movie

RELEASE DATE: TBD

The film adaptation of THE HATE U GIVE is directed by George Tillman Jr., a Hollywood superstar whose been directing films and television for over twenty years. Some of his most recent work includes episodes of THIS IS US and LUKE CAGE, which sounds like the literal perfect combination to lead into THE HATE U GIVE!

 

The Cast

You can see the members of Starr’s family right here!

We’ve known for a while who the cast behind the Carter family would be (AKA, check out that link above), but over the past few weeks we’ve found out who else is rounding out the film’s epic roster! Scroll down to see who else is starring in THE HATE U GIVE!

 

Common as Uncle Carlos

A hip hop artist since 1992, it’s likely you’ve heard Common just as much as you’ve seen him. His acting career has been on fire as of late with roles in both Suicide Squad and John Wick Chapter 2. His social work also makes him a great fit for this role, as he founded the Common Ground Foundation, an organization that seeks to serve underprivileged youth.

 

Anthony Mackie as King

Even Avengers are assembling for this big screen adaptation! Following his role in the tense, powerful Detroit earlier this summer, Anthony Mackie is keeping his Falcon Wings hung up a little bit longer to star as King in THE HATE U GIVE. It’s a different sort of role for Mackie, as here he plays a drug lord tangled up in Starr’s life through his relationships with the people she cares for. With the acting talents he’s shown off, we’re sure Mackie will do an amazing job portraying this complex character.

 

Sabrina Carpenter as Hailey

You may recognize Sabrina Carpenter as one of the stars from the beloved TV show Girl Meets World, which recently wrapped up its four-season run on Disney Channel. On top of a huge social following and a burgeoning music career, the young actress stars here as Hailey, Starr’s friend and classmate. After Khalil’s murder, the two girls find themselves clashing in their beliefs, and their relationship is put to the test. We cannot wait to see these two girls act together!

 

Kian Lawley as Chris

If you’re as big of a fan of YA adaptations as we are, you probably recognize Kian from his recent role in BEFORE I FALL! Or maybe you recognize him from his YouTube channel with his buddy Jc. Either way, Kian’s star is on the rise, and he knows how to have a good time so we’re so excited for the liveliness he’s going to bring to the role of Chris! If you need a refresher, he’s Starr’s boyfriend and one of our top THUG baes. We hope he’s got the Fresh Prince rap on lock.

 

Other cast members include…

Issa Rae as April Ofrah, Algee Smith as Khalil, TJ Wright as Sekani Carter, Susan Santiago as Detective Gomez, Megan Lawless as Maya, and so many more amazing actors!

 

Behind the Scenes!

While no official stills have been released yet (we promise we’ll update as soon as there are), we have been blessed by the movie gods as there have been a TON of behind-the-scenes photos of the cast! We’ve included a couple of our favorites here.

Have you ever seen a family so flawless?!

And seeing Angie so happy with a bunch of the cast makes our hearts so happy!!

Cannot wait to see this friendship on the big screen!

And yeah, okay, they make an adorable couple.

 


Are you as freaking excited for this movie as we are?! Did we miss anything in our adrenaline rush to get all this perfection down? Let us know in the comments!

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