‘Riverdale’ star replaces Lawley in ‘The Hate U Give’

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Los Angeles, April 4 (IANS) “Riverdale” star K.J. Apa has replaced actor Kian Lawley in the drama film “The Hate U Give”

Apa was roped in two months after the studio dropped Lawley from the project over videos that surfaced in which he uttered racist slurs, reports variety.com.

Lawley was set to play the boyfriend of actress Amandla Stenberg in the movie based on Angela Thomas’ novel of the same name, which centers on race and police brutality.

Lawley apologized at the time saying: “I respect Fox’s decision to recast this role for ‘The Hate U Give’ as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past. I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change.”

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The role of the boyfriend is a key component of “The Hate U Give”, which also stars Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson and Common.

Stenberg plays a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken area 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.

George Tillman Jr. is directing the film.

Apa, a native of New Zealand, stars as Archie Andrews in “Riverdale”, which has been renewed for a third season. He is also starring in “The Last Summer”, a drama about a group of high schoolers who spend a final summer together before college, for Gulfstream Pictures.

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