Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg

*Amandla Stenberg, 17, has been cast in “The Hate You Give,” an upcoming adaptation of the Angela Thomas book for young adults, based on Tupac’s “T.H.U.G. Life” tattoo and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

George Tillman Jr. will direct the film adaptation from a script by Audrey Wells. Film rights were sold to Fox 2000, Temple Hill and State Street in a heated bidding war.

Per the Hollywood Reporter:

A bidding war erupted after the book began making the rounds last week. There was interest from multiple studios and producers in the timely upcoming book, which is the debut novel from Angela Thomas. The film rights deal comes on the heels of the splashy 13-house auction in February that saw HarperCollins’ Balzer and Bray take the publishing rights.

Thomas’ 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.

Thomas started working on the story in 2011 while studying at Belhaven University. She even sought out her literary agent, Brooks Sherman, via Twitter, asking if a book based on the Black Lives Matter movement would get any traction. The title is based on Tupac Shakur’s tattoo, “T.H.U.G.”

Stenberg shared the good news on Instagram: