Amandla Stenberg, the actress better known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games has nabbed the lead role in The Darkest Minds, Fox’s adaptation of the YA trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.
Darkest Minds is set in a word where a disease killed roughly 98 percent of America’s children and teenagers. Those who managed to survive developed psychokinetic abilities, and were therefore deemed too dangerous for society, separated from their families and sent to live in camps.
The first book follows Ruby Elizabeth Daly, who was taken to a “rehabilitation camp” when she was ten, and six years later find herself escaping thanks to an anti-government group, The Children’s League. It is only after escaping, however, that Ruby will realize that not everything is what it seems, and that secrets lurk around every corner.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, best known for the Kung Fu Panda movies, is making her live-action directorial debut with the project. Chad Hodge penned the script.
No other casting and/or release information has been made available at this time.