*Common has joined the cast of Fox 2000’s big screen adaptation of Angela Thomas’ Black Lives Matter YA novel “The Hate U Give,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
George Tillman Jr. directs the film, which stars Amandla Stenberg as a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken slum but now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she’s torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.
Common will play Starr’s uncle who is a police officer.
Common, who is up for an Emmy for his musical work on Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” is coming off of an appearance in “Girls Trip,” the surprise breakout comedy that has grossed over $104 million at the North America box office.
The actor was previously seen trying to kill Keanu Reeves‘ character in the hit action movie “John Wick: Chapter 2” and starred in the indie drama “Megan Leavey.” He most recently wrapped production on the Gerard Butler submarine thriller “Hunter Killer” in the can.
“The Hate U Give” begins shooting in Atlanta starting in September.
Watch an interview with the author Angela Thomas below: