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The first look at the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation The Hate U Give has finally arrived.
Premiering during the BET Awards this past weekend, the trailer for the new film is wildly similar to the reality making headlines right now. Considering the United States’ social climate and the mistreatment of black men and women, the plot of the film is about a young African-American student inspired to activism after witnessing the police killing of her unarmed friend. Watch the trailer for The Hate U Give below.
Based on Angie Thomas’ best-selling YA novel and directed by George Tillman Jr. (Luke Cage, Notorious), The Hate U Give follows teenager Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg (Everything, Everything), who is caught between two worlds with living in the poor, predominantly black neighbourhood of Garden Heights but also attending a wealthy, mostly white, prep school. Starr’s struggle to balance her two lives becomes even more challenging when she witnesses her childhood best friend Khalil (played by Algee Smith) shot and killed by a police officer. With the event creating pressure throughout the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
The new movie tackles the particularly sensitive—but unfortunately relevant—issue of police brutality towards unarmed African-American men and women. Going off of the trailer, the film looks like it’s approaching the complexity of this issue with the appropriate emotion and specificity to address, according to the book’s author, why the phrase “Black Lives Matter” means different things to different people.
The film also stars Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie.
While we’ll have to wait until October 19 to see the film in theatres, this first trailer kicks off what’s sure to be months of sneak peeks and new clips from one of the most anticipated book-to-film adaptations of 2018.