Zendaya has booked what Deadline calls a hot pitch package on the street right now.
The film is called ‘A White Lie’ and it is a film adaptation of the Karin Tanabe novel, The Gilded Years.
The novel, a psychological thriller, “built around the true story of Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned African American woman. She is the daughter of a janitor, who passed as white so she could attend Vassar at the turn of the century.” She is treated as a wealthy and educated white woman and sparks a romance with a rich Harvard student.
Zendaya will play Hemmings.
She will produce the film, along with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter through Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine.
Monica Beletsky is writing.