YA adaption The Hate U Give has brought in KJ Apa (Riverdale) for major reshoots on the project.
Due to the previous actor’s recently surfaced bad behaviour involving the use of racial slurs in old videos he has been removed from the project with Apa brought in to reshoot all of those scenes. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Angie Thomas which examines the fallout after a teen witnesses a police officer murder her best friend.
Apa plays her boyfriend, one of the privileged white kids attending Williamson. He never concerned himself with the different skin color of the girlfriend he adores, and knows little about her life back home. Until she becomes the only witness in the police shooting, and becomes increasingly political as she grieves the death of her friend Khalil. It awakens him to how deeply race impacts their relationship.
KJ Apa’s breakout role came in Riverdale which has just been renewed for season 3, on the big screen he will next be seen in teen drama The Last Summer.