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 the book, Hemmings finds herself in New York's high-society circles, always struggling to keep her true identity a secret.
Thanks to Zendaya and Witherspoon, A White Lie will be headed by its all-woman team: women producers, a female star, and a woman writer and screenwriter. The daughter of a janitor, she passed as white so she could attend Vassar at the turn of the 20th century.
For almost four years, Hemmings hid her true identity and was treated as an elite white woman at the school of her dreams until her roommate grew suspicious of her race, according to Vassar's alumnae publication. She still produces and stars as K.C. Cooper Disney's K.C. Undercover, and was most recently seen on the big screen in Spider-Man: Homecoming. There will also be a love story involved in the film, as Hemmings found romance with a Harvard student.
The psychological thriller's script will be penned by Monica Beletsky.
Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya are joining forces to tell lies together.
Zendaya can also be seen in The Greatest Showman, co-starring with Hugh Jackman, which premieres on December 20.