So, the trailer for The Hate U Give, finally dropped a few weeks ago. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Angie Thomas, the film stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall as Lisa (Starr’s mother), Russell Hornsby as Maverick (Starr’s father), Issa Rae as April, KJ Apa as Chris, Algee Smith as Khalil, Sabrina Carpenter as Hailey, Common and Anthony Mackie as King.
From the sneak peek, the movie looks as though it will be pretty good. The casting is, I’ve got to say, exceptional. The range of Black Excellence in the cast alone is more enough to perk the interest of those who haven’t read the book much less those who have. Personally, I’m excited to see the always excellent Regina Hall and Issa Rae. Also, I’m really looking forward to seeing Amandla Stenberg, as I’ve not actually seen her in a starring role before.
Naturally, I’m curious to see how the movie will handle the subject matter – will it water it down? Or will it pack as powerful a punch as it did when I read it? I’m hopeful and expectant.
Although I know in all likelihood there will be those who will be heavily critical, as tends to be the case when a much-loved novel is adapted for film. But for me, as much as I loved the book, I’m going to endeavour to see the film on it’s own merit, separate from the book, and hopefully still enjoy it as I did reading it.
The film is out on 19 October 2018 in the UK, so plenty of time to read it if you haven’t already and want to. You can also read my review here to help you make up your mind. And if you want to buy a copy, you can here.