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Zendaya Will Play First African-American Woman to Graduate from Vassar in 'A White Lie'

Zendaya Will Play First African-American Woman to Graduate from Vassar in 'A White Lie'

Tanabe's novel tells the true story of Anita Florence Hemmings, who was the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College, and who later worked at the Boston Public Library.

In addition to acting, Zendaya will produce the movie with Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine partner Lauren Neustadter, while Monica Beletsky will write the script. 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.

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


It's particularly meaningful to cast Zendaya in the role of Hemmings, as she's spoken openly about racial diversity, among other important issues. She produced and starred in two episodes of the Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover earlier this year.

Zendaya, whose full name is Zendaya Coleman, recently starred as the female lead opposite Tom Holland in "Spider-Man: Homecoming". A WHITE LIE is labeled as a "psychological thriller".

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