KJ Apa Replaces Kian Lawley in 'The Hate U Give'

KJ Apa Replaces Kian Lawley in 'The Hate U Give'

KJ Apa is stepping into Kian Lawley‘s role in The Hate U Give, Deadline reports.

The Riverdale star will take over Kian‘s role, after Kian was fired for derogatory remarks he made in an old video that resurfaced.

KJ will play the privileged boyfriend to Amandla Stenberg‘s Starr Carter in the film, who witnesses her best friend get murdered by a police officer.

His character “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.”

Issa Rae, Regina King, Sabrina Carpenter also star. The reshoots are filming in Atlanta now.

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