KJ Apa to replace Kian Lawley in The Hate U Give

by Garry Watts April 5, 2018, 0:37
KJ Apa to replace Kian Lawley in The Hate U Give

But it looks as though KJ Apa's next step in Hollywood will take him away from the mystery and skulduggery of the Lodge family business, as he'll be replacing shamed YouTube star Kian Lawley in The Hate U Give.

While World kept its release date intact and finished its reshoots and editing within a month, Hate is still now without a release date, giving the filmmakers and Apa time to undergo the reshoots and properly get him acclimated to the film's cast and crew. The story is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Stenberg plays a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken area, but now attends a suburban prep school.

In February, video footage surfaced of the YouTube personality using racist profanity and making racially offensive comments, resulting in Lawley being booted from the 20th Century Fox film. Fox has ordered over a week of re-shoots in Atlanta to add Apa to the film. Lawley was also dropped by his talent agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

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Lawley apologized in a statement, saying he respected the studio's decision to replace him - a rare move for a film at an advanced stage of production, but echoing the recent removal of Kevin Spacey from the completed drama All the Money in the World.

20-year-old Apa has been blazing a trail for himself in his five years in Hollywood, starring in the box office smash A Dog's objective and the hit CW adaptation of the Archie Comics-inspired Riverdale as Archie, which was just renewed for a third season. 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. The film also stars Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Regina Hall, and Algee Smith.

Apa will shoot that film, and then he will star in The Last Summer, the Bill Bindley-directed drama about a group of high schoolers who spent a final summer together before college.

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