You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sony Wins Rights to Zendaya’s Thriller ‘A White Lie’

Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller “A White Lie,” produced by and starring Zendaya as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College

The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s novel “The Gilded Years.” Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the project with Zendaya. Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” “The Leftovers”) is writing the script.

“The Gilded Years” told 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 the elite world, where she’s treated as a wealthy, educated white woman who finds romance with a moneyed Harvard student.

“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.

Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures.

Zendaya starred opposite Tom Holland in Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and as trapeze artist Anne Wheeler, with Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, in Fox’s “The Greatest Showman.”

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 Jacobson. Tanabe is represented by Bridget Wagner Matzie at Aevitas Creative Management. Beletsky is represented by CAA and Tara Kole of Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown.

More Film

  • Charlize TheronElle Women in Hollywood, Arrivals,

    Charlize Theron Condemns President Trump's Mockery of Ford: 'It's Worse Than High School' (Watch)

    Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller “A White Lie,” produced by and starring Zendaya as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s novel “The Gilded Years.” Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the project with Zendaya. Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” […]

  • Entrance, Exhibition MIPCOM (International Market of

    France's Cineteve Ramps Up International Drama Production With Top Creatives (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller “A White Lie,” produced by and starring Zendaya as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s novel “The Gilded Years.” Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the project with Zendaya. Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” […]

  • Nicole Kidman, Gretchen Carlson

    Lionsgate in Negotiations for Star-Studded Roger Ailes Movie Dropped by Annapurna

    Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller “A White Lie,” produced by and starring Zendaya as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s novel “The Gilded Years.” Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the project with Zendaya. Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” […]

  • 'Change in the Air' Review

    Film Review: 'Change in the Air'

    Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller “A White Lie,” produced by and starring Zendaya as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s novel “The Gilded Years.” Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the project with Zendaya. Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” […]

  • Norman Lloyd Dead

    SAG-AFTRA to Honor Norman Lloyd, June Lockhart

    Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller “A White Lie,” produced by and starring Zendaya as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s novel “The Gilded Years.” Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the project with Zendaya. Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” […]

  • O_163_wem_1360_comp_v003_01,1159 2 – L-R: Gwilym Lee

    ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller “A White Lie,” produced by and starring Zendaya as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s novel “The Gilded Years.” Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the project with Zendaya. Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” […]

  • The Flash Ezra Miller

    Flash Standalone Movie Pushes Start Date, Eyes 2021 Release (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller “A White Lie,” produced by and starring Zendaya as the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s novel “The Gilded Years.” Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter will produce the project with Zendaya. Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content