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Tristar Pictures Wins Worldwide Rights In A Competitive Deal To A White Lie, Inspired By Karin Tanabe's Critically-Acclaimed Novel The Gilded Years
Zendaya to produce, alongside Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine, and star in psychological thriller inspired by the remarkable true story about the first African-American woman to attend Vassar College
Inspired by the true story of the first African-American woman to attend Vassar College captured in Karin Tanabe's critically-acclaimed novel The Gilded Years, A White Lie reimagines the story of Anita Hemmings who passed as white to attend the country's most exclusive school for women.
"Monica, Zendaya, Lauren and Reese have developed a bold and original approach to Anita's story that explores complex and timely themes in a way that is sure to thrill audiences." said Hannah Minghella, President of TriStar Pictures.
"We are excited to make this movie alongside a dream team of extraordinary women who have inspired Reese and me from the moment we all came together," said Lauren Levy Neustadter. "TriStar's passion for telling this story makes them the ideal partner for this project."
Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures.
Zendaya is represented by CAA, Monster Talent, and Bill Skrzyniarz of Skrzyniarz & Mallean. Hello Sunshine is represented by CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush of Hansen Jacobsen. Karin Tanabe is represented by Bridget Wagner Matzie at Aevitas Creative Management. Monica Beletsky is represented by CAA and Tara Kole of Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown.
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