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The Nickelodeon star replaced Zendaya Coleman in the biopic about the beloved R&B diva.
Lifetime's upcoming original made-for-tv movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B may have had its share of obstacles during production, but the network released this incredibly short teaser on Friday, and has begun the hard sell of pushing the film on social media.
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The biopic, which features Nickelodeon star Alex Shipp as the beloved singer, is based on the book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, a biography from author Christopher Farley.
News: First Look at Lifetime's 'Aaliyah' Movie
Disney star Zendaya Coleman had originally been cast by Lifetime to play the title role, but the actress »
The Aaliyah biopic has a premiere date. Lifetime tweeted the first pic of Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp as the late songstress in the network's upcoming movie and also revealed when fans can tune in. "She was the princess of R&B and now her story is being told. #AaliyahMovie premieres Saturday, November 15," the post read. In the photo, the 23-year-old actress wears her hair long and straight, sporting a bandana reminiscent of the "Rock the Boat" singer as she records in the studio for a scene from the film, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. The script for the biopic was based on the Christopher Farley book, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, which follows Aaliyah's »
Just two weeks after the project was revealed, actress Zendaya Coleman has dropped out of Lifetime's biopic about the late R&B singer Aaliyah.
Lifetime posted in a statement on Twitter that Coleman will no longer play the role, and the entire production is currently on hold. No further official information has been released.
"Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" was to be based on Christopher Farley's book "More Than a Woman" and was to shoot this Summer ahead of a Fall premiere. Coleman was to record four of the songs that would've appeared in the movie.
Following the project's announcement, Aaliyah's family were not happy with the news, cousin Jomo Hankerson saying they want a major studio film release rather than a quickly made cable telemovie.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic has been put on an indefinite hold after star Zendaya Coleman announced that she was leaving the project. Neither the former Disney star or her camp has made any statement regarding her decision, but Lifetime tweeted vaguely about the matter earlier today, “We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.”
The project, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, was scheduled to begin filming this summer from a script based on Christopher Farley’s novel, “Aaliyah: More Than A Woman.”
Coleman, who generally goes solely by her first name, was cast as the lead earlier this year. Clearly her abilities as a triple threat made her ideal for the role, as well as her resemblance to the late R&B star (who died in a plane crash in 2001). Zendaya was supposed to record four of the songs from the soundtrack that »
- Lindsay Sperling
Production on Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic entitled “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” has been put on hold after its star, Disney Channel singer and actress Zendaya Coleman (better known as simply Zendaya), has left the pic.
Lifetime announced the news through its PR Twitter account on Sunday.
We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.—
LifetimePR (@LifetimeTV_PR) June 29, 2014
The project was announced just earlier this month, with Zendaya set to star as the late R&B singer. It was slated to begin production in the summer to premiere in the fall.
See Also: Zendaya on Exiting Aaliyah Biopic: ‘The Project Wasn’t All the Way There’
Along with portraying the star, Zendaya was going to record four songs for the movie, based on book “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher Farley.
The project had garnered significant pushback »
- Alex Stedman
Zendaya Coleman has dropped out of Lifetime’s planned biopic of the late R&B singer Aaliyah.
Zendaya Coleman Drops Aaliyah Biopic
"Zendaya is no longer involved in the project,” a rep for Coleman told E! News. The rep didn’t provide any further details about why the singer and actress decided to walk away from the project.
There are a number of reasons that could be to blame for Coleman dropping the Aaliyah biopic, according to sources. Lifetime apparently had problems getting the rights to Aaliyah’s music among other production issues. Furthermore, Aaliyah’s family reportedly doesn’t support the project.
"Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya," the source said. "She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right."
The movie, which is tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, was »
After years of rumors, it's official: Aaliyah is getting a biopic. Lifetime Original Movies announced on Monday that it will adapt Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time music editor Christopher Farley. The film, tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, is due this fall. Despite her tragic death in 2001 at age 22, the "Are You That Somebody" and "Try Again" singer ranks No. 10 on Billboard's most successful R&B artists of the past 25 years. The movie will start at the beginning of her brief life, including her debut on Star Search at the age of ten, chronicle her meteoric rise to fame, and the plane crash that cut her life short during the apex of her career. The movie will include original music by Aaliyah as well. But what was an eagerly anticipated film has become something of a cause celebre among the R&B community due to controversies in casting, »
- Prachi Gupta
Following its Whitney Houston biopic announcement, Lifetime has announced that it is also planning Aaliyah movie — starring Disney Channel star turned singer Zendaya Coleman. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the film will be based off Christopher Farley's biography of the singer, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, and titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Two questions: (1) Houston's Lifetime movie promises to surround her relationship with Bobby Brown, so does it follow that Aaliyah's will touch upon her secret marriage to R. Kelly? (2) What will Drake say? »
- Lindsey Weber
Lifetime has added another R&B biopic to their future schedule. Following their announcement of a Whitney Houston tribute movie, the cable network is ready to pay homage to another late songstress. Lifetime revealed Monday that Disney darling Zendaya Coleman has been tapped to portray Aaliyah, the beloved '90s singer who lost her life in a plane crash when she was just 22-years-old. Tentatively titled, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, the upcoming biopic will be based off of Christopher Farley's best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. The made-for-tv-movie will follow Aaliya's journey from her debut on Star Search to her rise to her fame and, finally, her tragic »
Aaliyah is getting the biopic treatment from Lifetime. Zendaya Coleman, star of The Disney Channel's "Shake It Up" and a contestant on Season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars," has signed on to play the late R&B singer in a new Original Movie on the network that will film this summer and premiere in the fall, Lifetime announced today. Based on the book "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" by Christopher Farley, "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" will chart the singer's rise from Star Search contestant at age 10 to internationally-recognized recording star (and budding actress) before her life was tragically cut short in a plane crash at the age of 22. In addition to starring, Zendaya (who paid homage to the late singer in the music video for her platinum-selling single "Replay") will also record four of Aaliyah's songs for the film, which is set to be directed by »
- Chris Eggertsen
Aaliyah topped the charts from 1994 to her death at just 22 years old in 2001, but has yet to get a biopic. This one will be based on Christopher Farley's bestselling biography "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman".
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Singer-actress Zendaya is set to star in Lifetime’s original movie “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” (working title) about the life of the late actress and R&B artist Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001.
Known to most by only her first name, Aaliyah Dana Haughton made her debut on “Star Search” at age 10 and was only 22 years old when a plane carrying her and some of her video crew crashed after taking off from a Bahamian runway. The film will depict her journey and rise to fame.
- Andrea Seikaly
Recording artist Zendaya has been cast to portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime Original Movie about the life of the actress and R&B sensation who, at the height of her stardom, tragically died in a plane crash. Based on the bestseller "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher Farley, the Lifetime Original Movie will be titled "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" (although it's a working title), the first movie about the beloved artist, will be filmed this summer and premiere in the Fall. Quite a fast turnaround! Here's Lifetime's official synopsis for the film from the press release I received: Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. But behind the spotlight, Brooklyn-born, Detroit-raised Aaliyah Dana Haughton struggled to succeed in a tough business »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Recording artist Zendaya has been cast to portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime Original Movie about the life of the actress and R&B sensation who, at the height of her stardom, tragically died in a plane crash. Based on the bestseller "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher Farley, the Lifetime Original Movie will be titled "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" (although it's a working title), the first movie about the beloved artist, will be filmed this summer and premiere in the Fall. Quite a fast turnaround! Here's Lifetime's official synopsis for the film from the press release I received: Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After announcing a biopic of late singer Whitney Houston, Lifetime is adding another movie about a fallen pop star to its schedule.
The network is set to make a film about the life of Aaliyah, the R&B singer who died in 2001, featuring current Disney star Zendaya Coleman in the title role. Coleman -- who professionally goes by only her first name, just like Aaliyah -- is the star of Disney Channel series "Shake it Up!," and last year completed a stint on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." In addition to her similar choice of moniker, Coleman is also a singer, scoring a million-selling single from her 2013 self-titled debut album.
Aaliyah was just 22 when she died in a plane crash in the Bahamas after shooting a music video there. During her short lifetime, she frequently topped the charts with hits like "Try Again" and "Are You That Somebody," and had »
- Katie Roberts
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