Zendaya To Star In Reese Witherspoon-Produced Film 'A White Lie'

Zendaya To Star In Reese Witherspoon-Produced Film 'A White Lie'

Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya are joining forces for a new movie called A White Lie!

Variety has reported that the duo are taking on the story of Anita Hemmings-the first African American woman to graduate from Vassar College-where Zendaya will take on the starring role. In 1893-more than 40 years before Vassar began openly accepting women of color among its student body-Hemmings applied to the then-all-women's liberal arts college, declining to disclose her race on the application form.

Though the daughter of a janitor and descendent of slaves, with her olive complexion and dark hair, Anita was able to "pass" as white when she set out to attend the prestigious Vassar during the late 1890s.

The movie will show Hemmings fully immersing herself into upper-class NY society, where she's treated as a wealthy white woman.

Zendaya will also produce A White Lie, alongside actress Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter.

Based on a true story, Zendaya will play the lead role of Hemmings. Monica Beletsky (producer for TV's FARGO and PARENTHOOD) will pen the script. She will also reprise in the Spider-Man sequel opposite Tom Holland.

Zendaya can next be seen in the upcoming movie musical THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, alongside Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, on December 20.

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