‘Riverdale’ Star K.J. Apa Replaces Kian Lawley in ‘The Hate U Give’ Movie

Fox has cast “Riverdale” star K.J. Apa in its drama “The Hate U Give,” two months after the studio dropped Kian Lawley from the project over videos that surfaced in which he uttered racist slurs. Fox 2000 has authorized more than a week of re-shoots in Atlanta. Lawley was set to play the boyfriend of […]

Fox has cast “Riverdale” star K.J. Apa in its drama “The Hate U Give,” two months after the studio dropped Kian Lawley from the project over videos that surfaced in which he uttered racist slurs. Fox 2000 has authorized more than a week of re-shoots in Atlanta. Lawley was set to play the boyfriend of […]

‘Riverdale’s K.J. Apa Set For ‘The Hate U Give’ As Fox 2000 Reshoots Kian Lawley Scenes

EXCLUSIVE: Riverdale star K.J. Apa has been set to play a lead role in The Hate U Give, the George Tillman Jr-directed drama for Fox 2000. In a move somewhat reminiscent of the All The Money In The World re-shoots that replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, Fox 2000 has authorized a little over a week of re-shoots after the studio dropped Kian Lawley. Unlike the Getty kidnap drama, this film hasn’t yet been dated for release, but the film had pretty much…

EXCLUSIVE: Riverdale star K.J. Apa has been set to play a lead role in The Hate U Give, the George Tillman Jr-directed drama for Fox 2000. In a move somewhat reminiscent of the All The Money In The World re-shoots that replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, Fox 2000 has authorized a little over a week of re-shoots after the studio dropped Kian Lawley. Unlike the Getty kidnap drama, this film hasn’t yet been dated for release, but the film had pretty much…

Fox Axes YouTube Star Kian Lawley From ‘The Hate U Give’ Over Racially Offensive Video

Fox said tonight that YouTuber and H8TERS star Kian Lawley will be wiped from its upcoming film The Hate U Give after a video surfaced in which he uses a racial slur. Watch the clip below.
“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give,” a spokesperson for Twentieth Century Fox Film said in a statement. “The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.”
In a bleeped…

Fox said tonight that YouTuber and H8TERS star Kian Lawley will be wiped from its upcoming film The Hate U Give after a video surfaced in which he uses a racial slur. Watch the clip below. "Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give,” a spokesperson for Twentieth Century Fox Film said in a statement. “The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed." In a bleeped…

YouTube Star Kian Lawley Fired From Fox’s ‘The Hate U Give’ After Racist Video Resurfaces

Twentieth Century Fox has fired YouTube star Kian Lawley from the upcoming film “The Hate U Give” and plans to recast his role after a past video resurfaced of Lawley that included racist comments. “Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in ‘The Hate U Give.’ […]

Twentieth Century Fox has fired YouTube star Kian Lawley from the upcoming film “The Hate U Give” and plans to recast his role after a past video resurfaced of Lawley that included racist comments. “Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in ‘The Hate U Give.’ […]

Kian Lawley Fired From Fox’s ‘The Hate U Give’ After YouTuber’s N-Word-Laced Clip Surfaces

YouTube star Kian Lawley will be cut from the recently-completed YA adaptation “The Hate U Give,” Twentieth Century Fox Film said Monday.

A statement from the company attributed the firing to his “past comments and behavior,” which seem to point to a video uploaded in the past week where Lawley uses the N word other racial slurs [Warning: The clip contains offensive language, and is viewable here].

A representative for Lawley did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the matter.

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“The Hate U Give” is based on the 2017 novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It debuted last spring at No. 1 on New York Times YA best-seller list. Written by Angie Thomas, the book deals with topical themes of race and police brutality.

Heat-seeking newcomer Amandla Stenberg toplines the film, with a supporting cast that includes Oscar winner Common.

The move from Fox echoes one made last year by Sony Pictures, who cut Kevin Spacey from the finished print of Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” after numerous men accused Spacey of sexual misconduct and assault. The studio replaced Spacey with actor Christopher Plummer — to great expense, over a daylong time window to make the film’s release.

Read the statement:

“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give. The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.”

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YouTube star Kian Lawley will be cut from the recently-completed YA adaptation “The Hate U Give,” Twentieth Century Fox Film said Monday.

A statement from the company attributed the firing to his “past comments and behavior,” which seem to point to a video uploaded in the past week where Lawley uses the N word other racial slurs [Warning: The clip contains offensive language, and is viewable here].

A representative for Lawley did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the matter.

“The Hate U Give” is based on the 2017 novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It debuted last spring at No. 1 on New York Times YA best-seller list. Written by Angie Thomas, the book deals with topical themes of race and police brutality.

Heat-seeking newcomer Amandla Stenberg toplines the film, with a supporting cast that includes Oscar winner Common.

The move from Fox echoes one made last year by Sony Pictures, who cut Kevin Spacey from the finished print of Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” after numerous men accused Spacey of sexual misconduct and assault. The studio replaced Spacey with actor Christopher Plummer — to great expense, over a daylong time window to make the film’s release.

Read the statement:

“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give. The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Newsweek in Chaos as Top Editors, Reporters Fired and New York Staff Sent Home

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‘Zac And Mia’ YA Series Renewed For Season 2 By AwesomenessTV

AwesomenessTV has picked up a second season of its popular scripted series Zac and Mia, based on A.J. Betts’ YA novel.
Starring Kian Lawley and Anne Winters, Zac and Mia is described as a moving story about two ordinary teenagers who find hope, love and courage in exceptional circumstances. In the real world, these two 17-year-olds would have little to say to each other, but in the hospital where both are undergoing treatment for cancer, the usual rules no longer…

AwesomenessTV has picked up a second season of its popular scripted series Zac and Mia, based on A.J. Betts' YA novel. Starring Kian Lawley and Anne Winters, Zac and Mia is described as a moving story about two ordinary teenagers who find hope, love and courage in exceptional circumstances. In the real world, these two 17-year-olds would have little to say to each other, but in the hospital where both are undergoing treatment for cancer, the usual rules no longer…

Anthony Mackie & Kian Lawley Round Out ‘The Hate U Give’ Cast

Avengers actor Anthony Mackie and YouTuber Kian Lawley are set to co-star in the upcoming drama The Hate U Give,  Fox 2000’s film adaptation based on Angela Thomas’ NYT bestselling young adult novel. Production has officially begun in Atlanta, after Georgia TV and film productions were halted yesterday due to Hurricane Irma. George Tillman Jr. (Men Of Honor) is on board to direct from a script by Tina Mabry and Audrey Wells.
Amandla Stenberg stars as Starr Carter, who is…

Avengers actor Anthony Mackie and YouTuber Kian Lawley are set to co-star in the upcoming drama The Hate U Give,  Fox 2000’s film adaptation based on Angela Thomas’ NYT bestselling young adult novel. Production has officially begun in Atlanta, after Georgia TV and film productions were halted yesterday due to Hurricane Irma. George Tillman Jr. (Men Of Honor) is on board to direct from a script by Tina Mabry and Audrey Wells. Amandla Stenberg stars as Starr Carter, who is…