'The Hate U Give' Adds Russell Hornsby, Lamar Johnson (Exclusive)

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Amandla Stenberg is starring in the adaptation of Angela Thomas' debut YA novel, which was inspired by Black Lives Matter.

Russell Hornsby and rising star Lamar Johnson have been cast in The Hate U Give, Fox 2000's adaptation of the Black Live Matter YA novel of the same name.

Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg is starring in the adaptation of Angela Thomas' debut novel that George Tillman Jr. will direct.

Thomas' book follows a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken slum, but now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.

Hornsby will play a lead role as Starr's father, while Johnson will play Seven, Starr's older brother.

The films rights to The Hate U Give were picked up by Fox 2000, Temple Hill and State Street in a competitive situation in 2016. Audrey Wells wrote the script adaptation. Thomas’ book, bought by HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray after 13 publishing houses bid on it at auction, was published Feb. 28. The hit novel has spent more than 13 weeks as No. 1 on the New York Times young adult best-seller list.

Hornsby was most recently seen in Denzel Washington’s Fences and has a series-regular gig on the upcoming Netflix drama series Seven Seconds opposite Regina King. He also starred on the series Lincoln Heights on ABC Family, In Treatment on HBO and Grimm on NBC. Hornsby is repped by ICM Partners, Cohn/Torgan Management and Hansen, Jacobson.

Johnson was one of the stars of the BAFTA Award-winning Canadian show The Next Step, and he will soon be seen in the crime drama Kings with Halle Berry and Daniel Craig. He also will star in Fox’s upcoming superhero ensemble film X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Johnson is repped by WME, LINK Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.