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.
In February, YouTube star Kian Lawley was sacked from the film The Hate U Give-based on a novel that deals with police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement-after a video surfaced of him making racist jokes and using the n-word.
While World kept its release date intact and finished its reshoots and editing within a month, Hate is still now without a release date, giving the filmmakers and Apa time to undergo the reshoots and properly get him acclimated to the film's cast and crew. Though Lawley apologized, the slurs he used completely undermine a topical movie inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Following the 22-year-old streaming star's exit from the film, caused by a series of videos which showed him using racist slurs, the rising star of the CW/Netflix drama has been brought in to do reshoots. Bob Teitel and Marty Bown are producing the film, which is gearing up for reshoots in Atlanta. Until she becomes the only witness in the police shooting, and becomes increasingly political as she grieves the death of her friend Khalil. Apa plays her boyfriend, one of the privileged white kids attending Williamson. Still, the movie wrapped in November so it's not exactly ideal to go back and essentially redo major portions of the film months later. Common, Issa Rae, Regina Hall, and Anthony Mackie round out the film's star-studded cast. 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.
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.