Common who is up for an Emmy for his musical work on Ava DuVernay’s 13th, has joined Amandla Stenberg in The Hate U Give, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the Black Lives Matter YA novel of the same name.
George Tillman Jr. is directing the big-screen translation of Angela Thomas’ debut novel that is due to begin shooting in Atlanta starting in September.
Hunger Games actress Stenberg is toplining with Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall and Algee Smith on the call sheet.
The story follows a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken slum but now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she’s torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.
Common will play Starr’s uncle who is a police officer.
Soure: Bill Board