KJ Apa Replaces Kian Lawley In “Hate”

20th Century Fox is about to pull an “All the Money in the World” style switcheroo, albeit less rushed, with its upcoming film adaptation of Angie Thomas’ novel “The Hate U Give”.

The studio has announced that they are replacing YouTube star Kian Lawley with “Riverdale” star K.J. Apa in the upcoming drama. Reshoots are set to take place from this week in Atlanta with all of Lawley’s scenes being reshot.

The switch out follows in the wake of the resurfacing of videos in which Lawley is seen saying multiple racial slurs. That’s not a good look for a film heavily inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement as said slurs are counteractive to its central message.

Lawley has also been dropped by his agents CAA recently, and is one of several YouTube stars to be slammed for cultural insensitivity or racist slurs in recent months with the most notable being Logan Paul.

Apa, who has had to dye his hair an even darker red than his usual gig on “Riverdale,” will shoot ‘Hate’ then jump into the comedy “The Last Summer” before returning to work on the third season of “Riverdale”.

Amanda Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Common and Issa Rae co-star in “The Hate U Give” which has yet to set a release date.

Source: Variety