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KJ Apa to replace disgraced Youtube star Kian Lawley in film

KJ Apa to replace disgraced Youtube star Kian Lawley in film

Those reshoots were deemed necessary after video surfaced of Lawley making racist remarks, and it's sure hard to sell a topical movie like this one with that kind of cloud hanging over the film.

According to Deadline, Apa will now step in to Lawley's role and will take part in a week of re-shoots for the film, in a move not unlike Christopher Plummer's replacement of Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the world.

The feature also stars Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Sabrina Carpenter, Issa Rae, Lamar Johnson and Common. This was all the more discouraging because author Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give is explicitly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and revolves around a young woman (Amandla Stenberg) who serves as the only witness to a police officer murdering her best friend, spurring an increasingly political situation.

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"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", said Lawley in a statement in February, after the news broke that the studio would be recasting his role. Apa has secured a role in the movie adaptation of the best-selling book The Hate U Give. I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. "From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change", he said in a statement to Variety. Bob Teitel and Marty Bown are producing the film, which is gearing up for reshoots in Atlanta.

The casting news comes shortly after bosses at The CW Television Network announced that Apa's show Riverdale, in which he plays Archie Andrews, would be renewed for a third season. Stenberg plays a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken area, but now attends a suburban prep school.

Apa is repped by UTA, Red11 Management and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

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