KJ Apa to replace Kian Lawley in The Hate U Give

Marsha Scott
April 5, 2018

The re-casting echoes decisions made by producers of crime-thriller All the Money in the World, who chose to scrub Kevin Spacey's scenes from the film and replace him with Christopher Plummer after the House of Cards star was accused of multiple sexual misconduct allegations late a year ago. Production resumed on Wednesday for the film, which does not yet have a set release date. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the tale explores racism and police brutality in the United States. Apa has been selected to replace Lawley, and reshoots are now underway in Atlanta.

The drastic move was necessitated after videos surfaced in which the YouTube star Lawley uttered several racist slurs.

KJ Apa has been cast in The Hate U Give, the upcoming movie adaptation of Angie Thomas's best-selling YA novel of the same name, Deadline reports. Still, the movie wrapped in November so it's not exactly ideal to go back and essentially redo major portions of the film months later. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Lawley was quickly dropped as a client by CAA, and now he will be scrubbed from the picture.

Riverdale's hunky teen Archie Andrews may be embroiled in the dark underbelly of small-town mob dealings and drama, but actor K.J. Apa is moving up in his career as a Hollywood leading man.

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George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor) is directing the film, which also features Anthony Mackie, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, and Common.

Apa plays her boyfriend - "one of the privileged white kids" at school who is forced to confront issues of race and prejudice as the story unfolds.

When fired in February, Lawley said he respected the film's backers Fox's decision to recast.

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