Zendaya Coleman nurtured her passion for acting at the California Shakespeare Theater near her hometown, Oakland. She became a regular at other theater companies in the neighborhood with her performances by the time she grew up to be a young girl. She got her first breakthrough with the 2010 teen comedy series ‘Shake It Up’ on Disney Channel. The show, which told the touching story of two best friends who chase their dreams of becoming professional dancers, went on to become a huge hit. Zendaya along with her co-star Bella Thorne were hailed as the icons of their generation. The duo stole the show with their songs and even launched their own fashion brand at the peak of their popularity.
In 2013, Zendaya landed the popular dance show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ along with dancer Val Chmerkovskiy. The pair rubbed shoulders with the likes of Andy Dick, Kellie Pickler and Aly Raisman in the dancing arena. After her dance reality show stint, Zendaya returned to Disney with the comedy series ‘K.C. Undercover,’ which ran for three seasons from 2015 to 2017. The year 2017 was remarkable in her career. The actress took the box office by storm with two back-to-back hits ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘ and ‘The Greatest Showman.’ Zendaya’s portrayal of the lead character Michelle “MJ” Jones opposite Tom Holland’s Peter Parker a.k.a Spider-Man was praised by critics and fans alike. In ‘The Greatest Showman,’ Zendaya joined Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson. She played the role of a trapeze artist Anne Wheeler who falls for Zac Efron’s character. Their onscreen interracial romance garnered positive reviews.
The actress also lent her voice to animated flicks like ‘Duck Duck Goose‘ and ‘Smallfoot.’ She has also become keen to get rid of the ‘Disney’ girl typecasting and started choosing diverse roles since 2010. She never forgets her passion for music during her busy schedule. Zendaya has released the track ‘Something New’ with Chris Brown and performed ‘Rewrite the Stars’ with Zac Efron for ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack. At this point you must be wondering what is the next Zendaya movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Zendaya films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Zendaya movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
5. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
Zendaya reprises her role of Michelle “MJ” Jones in the upcoming Spider-Man movie ‘Far from Home,’ in which Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker a.k.a Spider-Man. Zendaya debuted as Michelle in the first installment of the series, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, in 2017. She is one of Parker’s classmates and friends. They also have deep feelings for each other. Zendaya’s character is not a reboot of Mary Jane Watson, who was the love interest of Spidey in other Spider-Man movies.
According to reports, the plot picks up the storyline shortly after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Peter Parker struggles to deal with the grief of the loss of his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr.). He goes to a school trip along with his classmates to Europe. But Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) comes after Parker to recruit him for the shadowy Quentin Beck a.k.a Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), who braces up for a final battle with the villainous Elementals. Other cast members include Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau and Marisa Tomei. ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ is the 23rd installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie, which is directed by Jon Watts from a script by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, hits theaters on July 2, 2019.
4. Euphoria (2019 – )
‘Euphoria’ is touted as the first teen drama series from HBO. The show is based on the hit Israeli television series created by Ron Leshem, Tmira Yardeni and Daphna Levin. The plot centers on the kaleidoscopic lives of a group of high school students who navigate through the labyrinth of drugs, sex, love, friendships, and dreams. Zendaya plays the role of Rue Bennett, a 17-year-old ex-junkie who struggles her way back to normal life and tries to reconnect with her lost world. Maude Apatow (‘Girls’), Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, and Nika King play major roles in the series. ‘Euphoria’ is written and created by Sam Levinson, who also serves as one of the executive producers. The first season of the series premiered on June 16, 2019, on HBO, according to Variety.
3. Dune (2020)
‘Dune’ is the highly anticipated film adaptation of the 1965 classic sci-fi classic novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049‘ and ‘Arrival‘), the movie features Zendaya alongside Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, and Charlotte Rampling. The plot centers on the futuristic desert planet ruled by the family of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet). Noble families are at loggerheads to assume control over the planet, which is the sole source of precious resource material. Soon, Atreides’ family is betrayed and pushed out of the planet by the conspirators. Atreides wages a rebellion against the enemies to reclaim his family’s rights over the planet and its invaluable resource. Zendaya plays the role of the love interest of Atreides. Rebecca Ferguson portrays Atreides’ mother while Isaac is set to play his father. Denis Villeneuve co-wrote the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. ‘Dune’ is slated for a November 20, 2020 release.
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2. Finest Kind (TBA)
Zendaya teams up with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ansel Elgort for the upcoming action thriller ‘Finest Kind.’ The plot follows two brothers (Gyllenhaal and Elgort) who lock a dangerous deal with a ruthless gang in Boston underworld. The crime syndicate drags them into a world of unimaginable violence. As the bothers elbow their way through the criminal haven, everything they hold on to is put to test, reports Variety. Details of Zendaya’s character are still under tight wraps. ‘Finest Kind’ is written and directed by Brian Helgeland. The movie will start production soon.
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1. A White Lie (TBA)
‘A White Lie’ is one of Zendaya’s highly anticipated projects in her career. The actress will star and produce the movie, which is touted as a psychological thriller. Based on the novel ‘The Gilded Years’ by Karin Tanabe, ‘A White Lie’ tells the story of the first African-American woman Anita Hemmings, who graduated from Vassar College during the 1890s. Due to her light-skinned complexion, she is passed as white in elite circles and attracts a rich Harvard student’s interest. Zendaya will produce the movie along with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter. Monica Beletsky (‘Fargo‘) is writing the script for the film.
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