Actress and activist extraordinaire Amandla Stenberg has been cast in the film adaption of the New York Times best-selling young adult novel, Everything is Everything.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stenberg will portray Maddy, a teen battling severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), which causes her to be allergic to everything. While living a life of solitude, she ends up falling in love with her neighbor Olly (played by Nick Robinson). The book, written by Nicola Yoon, debuted at No.1 in September 2015, and translated into 32 languages. Rookie director Stella Meghie will direct the film under the MGM umbrella.
Many have attributed Stenberg to her strong views on social justice, but the Cali native has been crafting her acting chops since the age of 4. Her notable roles include a 10-year-old version of Zoe Saldana in Colombiana and Rue from The Hunger Games. The 17-year-old recently starred in As You Are, a Sundance favorite. She’s also set to star in The Hate U Give, another YA novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Recently, the teen spoke to All-In Magazine about her non-binary identity and penned the essay “Authenticity Activism,” describing her way of life during high concerns of racial and discriminatory tension in America.