Issa Rae is playing a character name April Ofrah, an activist that helps Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) find her voice and speak up.
Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games and Everything, Everything) will play the lead character Starr Carter. She plays a sixteen years old girl that 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 two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.
Fox 2000 won the film rights to the New York Times Young Adult best-selling novel. The novel is written by Ms. Angie Thomas and published by Harper-Collins. The novel has spent 22 weeks on the New York Times YA best-selling list.