The official trailer for “The Hate U Give” was released this week. The upcoming movie, based on the best-selling book, stars Amandla Stenberg and features other stars such as KJ Apa and Sabrina Carpenter.
The movie tackles difficult topics such as race relations and police brutality. Amandla Stenberg plays Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who lives in two worlds: the poor black neighborhood, Garden Heights, where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. One night, Starr goes to a party in Garden Heights and she meets her childhood best friend, Khalil. When he drives her home after the party, they are stopped by a policeman. Khalil is forced to get out of the car and the police officer shoots him, even though he was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his murder becomes a national headline. He’s called a thug, a drug dealer, and a gangbanger. When it comes clear that the police have little interest in investigating it, protestors take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. They all try to figure out what really happened that night and the only one who can answer that is Starr, who is struggling to reconcile the two versions of herself so she can speak up to clear Khalil’s name. What she says could ultimately decide the fate of this policeman – and more importantly whether or not he is charged with the murder of Khalil.
“The Hate U Give” comes out on October 19th. Watch the trailer below: