THE HATE U GIVE to reshoot Kian Lawley’s role after the actor uses racial slurs and harmful stereotypes.
The film adaptation of Black Lives Matter inspired YA novel The Hate U Give has dropped Kian Lawley following the release of a recent video in which the actor spouts off a series of black stereotypes and repeatedly uses the n-word.
Lawley announced in the role of Chris, Starr’s boyfriend, in September. The film wrapped in November, however, the cast and crew will reshoot Chris’s scenes with a new actor, according to THR.
The decision is a probably little more intensive than Sony’s decision to replace Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World, as Chris is likely more heavily featured and plays a role in climatic scenes.
“Words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry. I respect Fox’s decision to recast this role for The Hate U Give as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past,” said Lawley in a statement.
We’re glad to see that, in this age of cinema, actions have consequences.
The Hate U Give has not announced a release date yet, so no one outside the studio knows how much this move may and may not delay the film’s release. 20th Century Fox has not announced a new actor for the role of Chris quite yet.