Actor Kian Lawley attends the Shovel Buddies premiere during SXSW 2016 on March 14, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW)

Twentieth Century Fox has dropped Kian Lawley from upcoming film The Hate U Give after video surfaced of the former YouTube star making racist comments.

The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas’ best-selling young-adult novel of the same name, centers on the life of Starr Carter, a young black teen, after she witnesses a childhood friend getting killed by a police officer. Amandla Sternberg was slated to play Starr, and Lawley to play her prep school love interest, Chris.

Variety published the story on Monday night with a link to the YouTube clip. In it, Lawley, hanging out in a room with his friends, looks at the camera and says, “We’re all black drinking purple Kool-Aid and eating Kentucky fried motherfucking chicken.” He also says the n-word, which is bleeped out.

The YouTube user who posted the video says it is “three to four” years old, meaning that the 22-year-old Lawley would have been in his late teens at the time.

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Lawley first responded to the backlash over the weekend via his Twitter account.

“If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you can never grow as a person,” Lawley wrote. “I’ve learned a lot and I am grateful to have the power to change. I never want to be who I was yesterday.”

“Use your voice as your weapon,” Lawley added—an allusion to a prominent line in The Hate U Give novel, which focuses on themes of police brutality and racism.

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Following 20th Century Fox’s decision to fire him, Lawley issued the following statement to Variety:

Words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry. 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. I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change.

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The studio says that it will recast the role. The all-star cast will also feature Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith and Common.