Zendaya Won’t be Playing Aaliyah on Lifetime Anymore: Report
The news comes rather quickly after the push-back from fallen R&B stars family promising that the rights to her music wouldn’t be made available to the TV network.
E! has the story exclusively with a statement from Lifetime saying simply that “Zendaya is no longer involved in the project.”
It was just June 16th when the 17-year-old’s casting was announced, quickly followed by several stories reporting that Aaliyah’s family would rather a big-screen adaptation of her life made in lieu of something from the channel made famous for its more scandalous content (see Flowers in the Attic and Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy).
The biopic, which has yet to be scrapped altogether, is allegedly titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B and based off of Christopher Farley’s best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.
It was set to begin filming later this summer with a premiere date sometime in the fall.
Aaliyah was 22-years old when she tragically passed away in a plane crash on August 25th, 2001.