One of the breakout stars of The Hunger Games thanks to her portrayal of Rue, Amandla Stenberg is back with another YA sci-fi fare in The Darkest Minds. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 3), the movie is based on Alexandra Bracken's 2012 novel.
Produced by Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) and Dan Levine (Arrival), The Darkest Minds takes place in a world where a disease called IAAN has killed off almost all of America's children. Those who have survived (a mere two percent) have developed some powerful new abilities but are declared dangerous by the government and put in Thurmond, a government facility. Stenberg stars as Ruby Daly, a 16-year-old who escapes the camp and joins a group of runaways seeking out a safe haven in East River while also gearing up to wage a resistance against the government.
SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila had the chance to sit down with Stenberg to chat about her upcoming project where she explained what the movie was about and putting it in today's youth culture context.
"The film is about children with psychic abilities who are then placed into essentially concentration camps because adults are afraid of their collective power," she told us. "And so I think that does speak directly to, perhaps, the power my generation has in the age of social media and how that might make adults afraid. And I think, at the same time, it's an inspiring call to arms."
The actress also explained what Ruby's powers in the Fox movie are. "So my character is an orange," Stenberg said. "She has the ability to interfere with people's minds, to see their memories, to mess with their memories and so she's kind of the higher rank in terms of danger level of the psychic abilities."
Stenberg also spoke about the rise in young adult activism and working with Beyoncé on "Lemonade" so dive into our exclusive video interview below for more! The Darkest Minds opens on August 3.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.