KJ to Star in ‘The Hate U Give’
Riverdale’s handsome, KJ Apa, portrays Archie Andrews on the cult CW drama based on the iconic Archie comic books. According to Deadline, KJ landed the male role in The Hate U Give, Fox 2000’s film adaptation based on Angela Thomas’ New York Times bestselling young adult novel. in an upcoming drama, he will portray Chris, the boyfriend of Starr Carter, played by the drama’s female lead Amandla Stenberg. He replaces YouTube star, Kian Lawley, who was dropped from the project following seemingly racist comments.
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The drama, an adaptation of the Angie Thomas novel, stars Amandla Stenberg as a teen prep school student who witnesses a police officer murder her best friend. Apa plays her boyfriend, one of the privileged white kids attending Williamson. He never concerned himself with the different skin color of the girlfriend he adores, and knows little about her life back home. Until she becomes the only witness in the police shooting, and becomes increasingly political as she grieves the death of her friend Khalil. It awakens him to how deeply race impacts their relationship. There are many scenes between the two leads, and others involving crowds and the rest of the cast.
Bob Teitel and Marty Bowen are producing. The film also stars Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Regina Hall, and Algee Smith.