Zendaya Coleman Drops Out Of Lifetime TV’s Aaliyah Biopic; Movie On Hold

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After the immediate outcry from Aaliyah’s fans and the negative response from her family who vowed to block the movie from airing on TV and also stop the usage of her music. The Disney star and singer Zendaya Coleman, 17, will not play Aaliyah in a Lifetime Television movie.

Zendaya’s representative, states that: “Zendaya is no longer involved in the project.”

Her team also confirmed the news via twitter: “Aaliyah has always been a source of inspiration to Zendaya. She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her… if she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”

Lifetime tweeted earlier: “We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.”

A source tells E! News that there were production issues, including problems obtaining the rights to Aaliyah’s music, which the family had promised they would not give their permission.

“Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya. She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”

Lifetime said that the title of the movie was to be tentatively called Aaliyah: Princess of R & B and that the biopic will be based off of Christopher Farley’s best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. The project was set to begin filming in the summer and air later this autumn.

The movie will depict Aaliya’s life and career, from her debut on Star Search to her her untimely tragic passing.

Aaliyah’s family would like a movie to tell her story must believe a cinematic tribute would be fitting not a small TV movie. What are your thoughts? Post your comments below.

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  • Danielle

    I don’t think Aaliyah was mainstream enough to have a biopic released in the theaters. I love her and her music so no hate against her but realistically speaking…I don’t think it would make economic sense. Maybe upgrade from Lifetime to HBO?

    • Salvador Rivera

      I agree. A tribute is a tribute. Big or small. I liked her.

    • I like that idea, but I think her family doesn’t want her dirt to air

    • Jaz

      I agree, same thing I was thinking. TLC didn’t get a big movie either and I think her family just wants money from it.

    • Dyanna Rivera

      So true… I mean she was a good artist but she was no Whitney Houston…..

  • Precious Miller

    Good they look nothing alike

    • Juanita M Barnes

      Who cares if they looked nothing alike… angela bassett looked nothing like tina turner but she mirdered the role. Zendaya has the voice, dance moves, and acting skills to portray Aaliyah.

      • LMAO

        Angela Bassett is the only exception. People need to stop using her as an excuse for people who don’t look like these stars to play in biopics. Biopics simply don’t work if the actor or actress doesn’t look like the subject.

      • KM74

        I agree with you!! U don’t have look exactly like the person. Will Smith don’t look like Ali, Jamie Foxx ain’t look like Ray Charles! They hatin on that girl for no reason! I think she would have done an excellent job!

  • Patricia

    Honestly, I had no idea who she was until she passed. Unfortunately, I think she became more famous because of her death. I would think that the family would be grateful that anyone was interested in doing a tribute.

    • LMAO

      Stop lying. Aaliyah was one of the biggest stars in R&B BEFORE she died, which is the reason why her death was such a huge event. She was also a huge star in the pop scene; she was a constant presence on MTV, all her videos were always in heavy rotation and she was constantly on TRL (at the time the biggest music countdown show on TV) with every video she released. So either you’re lying or you were hiding under a rock throughout the 90’s.

      • Patricia

        Like I said I had no idea who she was before she died! Probably because I had a life outside of MTV. Clearly you didn’t. Stop lying…. boo boo get yourself a life it really ain’t that deep.

        • Crystal

          You didn’t have to watch MTV to know who she was. She was on plenty of radio stations or maybe you was too cheap to have a radio back then.

        • beca llan

          Maybe you were 4 years old like Zendaya when she passed away… Right? Of course you wouldnt remeber her…just a toddler back then…

  • Linda

    Her family wants creative control over what is shown and they probably don’t want her dirt to be aired.

    • Kandas Michelle

      Sorry but the dirt is what makes the movies interesting…just my opinion

      • Linda

        I agree, the good and the bad makes it interesting

      • ThaTruth4

        Not only the dirt, but if they’re not being real & telling it like it was, then it’s gonna be some bull.

    • LMAO

      Wrong. Her family is pissed because Lifetime didn’t involve them in any aspect of putting the movie together.

  • Genevieve Zephirin

    Whoever is writing this actually can’t write.

  • jj

    Its always the negative people that are quick to give their opinion. At the age of 22 she accomplished a lot. Several movie deals lined up, model, and successful singer. If you were a fan then you would love to see her story on the big screen but most importantly it shouldn’t go against her family wishes or approval. In regards to Aaliyah’s dirt? I dont remember hearing anything negative about her if you are referring to the Kelly situation, if it is true he took advantage of a teenager. I wouldn’t blame a 15 year old but then again people thrive off of negativity. There are plenty of positive things that she’s done in her life.

    • Virna NaNa Castillo

      @jj I agree with u a 100 percent. Patricia just said she didn’t know who she was until her death. @Patricia if u didn’t know who she was, u should not comment on stuff u don’t know. FYI Aaliyah was The Beyonce of R&B, in another word she was the princess of R&B. Some people need to learn not to talk about stuff that they have no idea of.

      • jj

        Exactly!f you dont know, why comment? She achieved a great deal at 22! If Aaliyah was still living she would have been an even bigger star! She had a lot going on at a young age. She was casted for Matrix which would have opened the door for greater things. She was one of the biggest stars at that time…

      • LMAO

        I’ll bet u it’s dumbass beyonce fans that are up here talking shyt because nobody is interested in making a movie about her overrated azz.

      • ray

        She was definitely no Beyonce

    • Guest

      It’s probably those dumbass beyonce fans that are up here talking shyt because nobody is interested in making a movie about her overrated azz.

  • LMAO

    Good. Nothing against Zendaya, but she doesn’t look like Aaliyah, and if the family isn’t involved in the movie, then there shouldn’t be a movie, point blank.

    • ray

      Please remind why her family should be involved when she was alive they were irrelevant anyway! They just trying to make a quick buck, end of topic

  • Kay D

    Most people watch Lifetime so big screen or not a LOT of people would’ve seen it and it wouldn’t have cost them a trillion dollars for a movie ticket + food like it does in some places. If it was anything like the TLC movie people would’ve been talking about it non-stop for days/weeks whereas that only happens maybe one or two movies in theatres if any. Lifetime would’ve done their job, the family should accept the tribute because here’s a network willing to give her story and dedicate so much time to it using a big name actress/ singer so that it generates more attention as well. It would’ve gotten the recognition is deserved.

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