We attended the set of The Hate U Give and we were impressed with Kian Lawley on set, but it appears that we were so very wrong. And guys, we’re in total support of what Fox has decided to do when a video of the star making racially charged comments made its way online.
We’re not sorry to see him go.
“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give. The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed,” a studio rep said in a statement.
If you aren’t familiar with the book – first, I encourage you to go out and get yourself a copy. The book is about Starr, a girl who came from a poverty stricken neighborhood, but now attends a prep school. She saw her best friend get by the police and must find the best way to speak out about the incident while gravitating both worlds.
Lawley was to play Starr’s boyfriend in the film.
We’re thankful that Fox didn’t let this just pass and took immediate action.