Zendaya announced in November that she would be starring and producing in a psychological thriller titled A White Lie, about the first Black woman to graduate from Vassar College. The film will be based on The Gilded Year, a book by author Karin Tanabe. The book tells the story of Anita Hemmings, who was a light-skinned, white-passing Black woman who attended Vassar during the 1800s and is treated as a member of the elite and falls in love with a Harvard man.
Sony’s TriStar Productions has obtained the rights to the film, with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter producing alongside Zendaya. Fargo’s Monica Beletesky is writing the script. Hannah Minghella, president of TriStar Pictures had this to say about the announcement:
“Monica, Zendaya, Lauren, and Reese have developed a bold and original approach to Anita’s story that explores complex and timely themes in a way that is sure to thrill audiences”
Zendaya recently starred in The Greatest Showman and in Sony’s Spiderman: Homecoming, earning her place in the MCU.
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