KJ Apa to replace disgraced Youtube star Kian Lawley in film

Riverdale's Kiwi star K.J. Apa has secured a role in the movie adaptation of the best-selling book The Hate U Give

Riverdale's Kiwi star K.J. Apa has secured a role in the movie adaptation of the best-selling book The Hate U Give

The most famous instance of this happening to date was when Ridley Scott took the decision to reshoot any and all scenes featuring his lead actor Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World - replacing him with Christopher Plummer.

Apa has been tapped to replace YouTube phenom Kian Lawley in Fox 2000's drama THE HATE U GIVE, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

The release date is yet to be announced. 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.

The Hate U Give, from director George Tillman Jr., will follow Stenberg as a teen prep school student who witnesses a police officer murder her best friend.

The Hate U Give will also star Amanda Stenberg (The Hunger Games), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Infinity War), Common (John Wick: Chapter 2) and Issa Rae (Insecure).

"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.

The Riverdale actor will play Starr's lovable and supportive boyfriend Chris, and he's reportedly already darkened Archie Andrews's signature red locks for the part.

He was also dropped by his talent agency, Creative Artists Agency. According to Deadline, The Hate U Give was essentially wrapped when Lawley was sacked, which means that Apa had to quickly darken his Riverdale-red hair and head into re-shoots, which will take a little over a week to wrap.

Apa will shoot that film, and then he will star in The Last Summer, the Bill Bindley-directed drama about a group of high schoolers who spent a final summer together before college.

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