Sabrina Carpenter Joins YA Adaptation 'The Hate U Give' (Exclusive)

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Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby and Regina Hall are starring in the film based on Angela Thomas' debut novel.

Singer-songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter has been cast in The Hate U Give, Fox 2000's adaptation of the Black Lives Matter YA novel of the same name.

Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg is starring along with Russell Hornsby and Regina Hall in the adaptation of Angela Thomas' debut novel that George Tillman Jr. will direct.

The story 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.

Carpenter will play Hailey, one of Starr’s friends from her prep school.

Hall will play Lisa, Starr's mother while Hornsby is playing Starr's father. Lamar Johnson has previously been cast to play Seven, Starr's older brother. Algee Smith, Common and Issa Rae are also attached to the film.

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 23 weeks on the New York Times young adult best-seller list after debuting at No. 1.

Carpenter, who starred in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World, is getting ready to wrap up her summer tour "De-Tour." After releasing two full-length albums (2015's Eyes Wide Open and 2016's Evolution) her single "Why" came out in July. She is repped by Foundation Media Partners, Paradigm, Faculty Productions and Stone, Genow.