KJ Apa to replace Kian Lawley in The Hate U Give

K.J. Apa's 2017 movie A Dogs Purpose attracted controversy after complaints about how animals were treated on the set

Ridley Scott very publicly replaced Kevin Spacey in his drama All the Money in the World previous year by reshooting Spacey's scenes in a matter of weeks with Christopher Plummer, managing to hit the film's targeted Christmas release date.

In February, YouTube star Kian Lawley was sacked from the film The Hate U Give-based on a novel that deals with police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement-after a video surfaced of him making racist jokes and using the n-word.

A theatrical release date has yet to be announced.

In a situation reminiscent of that of the Oscar-nominated All the Money in the World (where Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey), the role which Apa has secured was recast after videos surfaced in which the Before I Fall star and renowned You Tuber Lawley uttered racist slurs. The story is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Lawley was also dropped by his talent agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA). According to Deadline, re-shoots for Apa's scenes (originally filmed with Lawley) began on Wednesday (April 4).




The film is an adaptation of the Angie Thomas novel of the same name and stars Amanda Stenberg as a prep school student who witnesses a police officer murder her best friend. Still, the movie wrapped in November so it's not exactly ideal to go back and essentially redo major portions of the film months later.

Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg leads a cast that also includes Regina Hall, Common, Issa Rae and Anthony Mackie.

The vlogger added that he "respects Fox's decision to recast this role.as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past".

This is certainly Apa's most high-profile role outside of the CW smash-hit Riverdale, in which he plays Archie.

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