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.
Source: E! Online
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