Zendaya to star in film adaptation of ‘Running a Thousand Miles For Freedom’

The actress has several projects in the works.

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Zendaya is set to take over the big and small screens with several starring roles lined up. On the heels of her announcement that she will star alongside A Wrinkle in Time star, Storm Reid in HBO’s upcoming teen drama, Euphoria, produced by Drake and Future the Prince, there are a few other projects to look out for.

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She’s set to star in a film adaptation of the book, Running a Thousand Miles For Freedom: Or, the Escape of Williams and Ellen Craft from Slavery. So far, there aren’t many details about the upcoming film, but according to Shadow and Act:

In 1848, William and Ellen Craft made one of the most daring and remarkable escapes in the history of slavery in America. With fair-skinned Ellen disguised as a white male planter, and William posing as her servant, the Crafts traveled by rail and ship in plain sight and relative luxury – from bondage in Macon, Georgia, to freedom, first in Philadelphia, then Boston, and ultimately England. The couple actually wrote the book in the 1860s, and was republished in 1999 on paperback, by the University of Georgia Press, and in Summer 2015 as a hardcover by Andesite Press.

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Zendaya has also signed on to portray Anita Hemmings, the first Black woman to graduate from Vassar Graduate School. She will produce and star in the film entitled A White Lie  and is based on the Karin Tanabe novel, The Gilded Years and Reese Witherspoon will serve as an executive producer on the project that has reportedly been in development since 2016.

With so many inspiring projects on her agenda, we can’t wait to see what this 21-year-old star serves up.