WATCH: Amandla Stenberg Shines in Trailer for ‘The Hate U Give’

By Sameer Rao Jun 25, 2018

Nearly two years after it was announced, the big-screen adaptation of Angie Thomas‘ young adult novel, "The Hate U Give," is finally here. The trailer premiered yesterday (June 24). 

The film, like Thomas’ debut novel, follows teenager Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg, "As You Are") as she navigates her neighborhood and affluent prep school. Her life changes when she sees a White police officer shoot and kill her friend Khalil (Algee Smith, "The New Edition Story"). The trauma upends the tenuous balance between her two worlds and pushes the teenager into activism. The trailer frames this awakening within the context of Carter’s relationships with her friends and family, including her father Maverick (Russell Hornsby, "Fences"). 

"When you’re ready to talk, you talk," he says over a clip of his daughter at a rally. "Don’t let nobody ever make you be quiet."

Thomas told Ebony last year that she developed "The Hate U Give" in response to the killings of Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement and the criminalization of Black girls. She tweeted the following about the trailer: 


rnt"The Hate U Give" also features Regina Hall ("Girls Trip"), Issa Rae ("Insecure") and K.J. Apa ("Riverdale") in supporting roles. George Tillman Jr. ("Notorious") directed the film from an adapted screenplay by Audrey Wells ("Shall We Dance"). The film arrives in theaters on October 19.