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Late R&B singer Aaliyah to be portrayed by Disney star Zendaya in Lifetime biopic

16 June 2014 2:48 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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 »

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