Based on Angie Thomas's wildly successful YA novel from 2017, The Hate U Give looks like it could be one of this year's most explosive movies. While the film will tackle all the usual coming-of-age issues: school, sports, family and romantic relationships, it also touches on one of the most sensitive topics today: police shootings of unarmed black men.
That's the flashpoint in the novel and the film, as Starr (Amandla Stenberg, The Hunger Games) witnesses her best friend Khalil (Algee Smith, Detroit) get shot by police during a traffic stop. This shakes up her world, causing her to plunge headfirst into activism.
The film's cast also includes Regina Hall (Girls Trip) and Russell Hornsby (Fences) as Starr's parents, Common (John Wick: Chapter Two) as her uncle, and Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Infinity War) as a drug dealer.
The Hate U Give hits theaters Friday, October 19.