Zendaya is set to produce and star in the upcoming thriller A White Lie, as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College.

According to Deadline, the project is based on Karin Tanabe’s book “The Gilded Years,” which tells the true story of Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned, African-American woman who was the descendant of slaves and passed as white so she could attend Vassar during the 1890s. She’s pulled into her elite world where she’s treated as a wealthy, educated white woman who finds romance with a moneyed Harvard student.

Zendaya will produce the film alongside Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine partner Lauren Neustadter.

Zendaya began her acting career with the debut of Shake It Up on the Disney Channel, and has gone on to appear in Dancing with the Stars and Blackish.  She recently confirmed that she has landed a key role in Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot that will be released in theaters July 2017.  She provided her voice to animated feature film The Guardian Brothers, and also stared as K.C. Cooper on the Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover.  Zendaya recently starred as the female lead opposite Tom Holland in Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.  She will be seen next opposite Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron in Fox’s The Greatest Showman as trapeze artist Anne Wheeler.

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