The Hate U Give was a critical and commercial success when it hit bookstands in February 2017. The young adult novel by Angie Thomas tells the story of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl who lives a double life of sorts: at home in her mostly-black neighborhood, Garden Heights, and at the predominately white prep school she attends. Her world changes, though, when her friend Khalil is shot by a white police officer after they’re pulled over one evening. What transpires is a gripping narrative that explores police brutality and how Starr uses her voice to effect change.
The book was quickly optioned for a movie, with Amandla Stenberg tapped to play Starr Carter. And now we have an early glimpse of Stenberg in the role. The first trailer for The Hate U Give just dropped, and it’s powerful and poignant. Regina Hall, Common, Issa Rae, and KJ Apa also have roles in the movie, which seems to be a faithful adaptation of the source material.
Check it out for yourself, below:
Glamour talked to Thomas last year about The Hate U Give shortly after its release, where she noted the difference between being anti-cop and anti-police brutality. “I always like to point out that this book is not anti-cop. For some reason, you say ‘black lives matter’ and people automatically assume you’re saying that blue lives don’t matter. It’s not like that,” she said. “I like to say that it’s like when people say, ‘I can’t be racist; I have a black friend.’ I say, ‘Well, my book can’t be anti-cop; Starr has a cop uncle.’ It’s not anti-cop; it’s anti–police brutality, and those aren’t the same thing.”
The Hate U Give arrives in theaters October 19, 2018.