Zendaya is set to produce and star in a true life story of the first African American to graduate from Vassar.
The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s book “The Gilded Years,” which 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 her elite world where she’s treated as a wealthy, educated white woman who finds romance with a moneyed Harvard student.
Vassar is one of the most prestigious private colleges in the United States, founded in 1861 as a women’s only college in Poughkeepsie, New York it later became co-ed.
Zendaya will produce alongside Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, Monica Beletsky is set to write the script.