- A White Lie is based on Karin Tanabe's book The Gilded Years.
- Zendaya will play Anita Hemmings in the psychological thriller. She was the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College.
- Hemmings, a light-skinned African-American woman, passed as white during the 1890s so she could attend Vassar College. She was the descendant of slaves and her father was a janitor.
- The script will be written by Monica Beletsky. Some of her work includes Parenthood, The Leftovers and Fargo.
- The film is being produced by Zendaya alongside Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine partner Lauren Neustadter.
- This isn't Zendaya's first project as a producer because she has been producing her show, K.C. Undercover, since it started airing on Disney Channel in 2015.
- The Greatest Showman hits theaters this Christmas.
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