Zendaya has signed on to play the late singer Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic.
The cable network announced plans for a project focused on the short-lived career of Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash while at the top of her game. She topped the charts from 1994 until her untimely death at only 22 years old in 2001.
This film, tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will be based off of Christopher Farley’s bestselling biography “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.”
Zendaya Coleman, who stars in Disney’s “Shake it Up,” is also a professional singer. She released her self-titled debut album in 2013, with its single selling over a million copies.
The Aaliyah biopic will be produced by Aaliyah Productions, Inc. and executive produced by Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries). Bradley Walsh is set to direct the project from a script written by Michael Elliot.
What’s interesting to note is that Lifetime is also working on a biopic of the late Whitney Houston. Houston’s family and Aaliyah’s family are both trying to stop productions of the respective projects, claiming their loved one deserves a feature film instead of a TV-movie.
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