Zendaya to star in movie A White Lie

Joann Johnston
November 15, 2017

Now, Zendaya is adding to the girl power by collaborating with Witherspoon as a co-producer on an fantastic new film-and she'll star in it, too. The book tells the real-life story of Anita Hemmings, the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College, via psychological thriller. Monica Beletsky, who also produced television series Fargo and Parenthood, will write the script. The movie's based on the Karin Tanabe novel The Gilded Years and centers on a light-skinned Black woman named Anita Hemmings (who will be played by-wait for it-Zendaya). (Hemmings's ancestors included slaves; her father worked as a janitor.) It became something of a sensational news item when it emerged in August 1897, at which point Hemmings had already graduated. Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will be producing A White Lie alongside Zendaya.

The movie will show Hemmings fully immersing herself into upper-class NY society, where she's treated as a wealthy white woman. She will also reprise her role as Michelle Jones in the Spider-Man sequel opposite Tom Holland. She'll also be following up Spider-Man: Homecoming with the franchise sequel, now slated for a 2019 release.

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This isn't Zendaya's first time taking on the double role of both actress and executive producer.

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