Zendaya to Play Aaliyah in New Lifetime Original Movie: Details

Lifetime is loading up on R&B biopics. Recently after getting the gears in motion for a telepic based on the life of the late Whitney Houston, the cable network has announced plans for a new biopic on the short-lived career of ’90s phenom Aaliyah. Today Monday, June 16, it has been announced that Disney actress and “Replay” singer Zendaya, 17, has been cast as Aaliyah in a new made-for-TV movie about the late R&B superstar, who died at age 22 in a plane crash in 2001. The biopic  entitled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, based on the bestselling book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman will be a complete story of the “One in a Million” singer’s life and death, from her debut on Star Search to her rise to her fame and, finally, her tragic passing. Sources state the Dancing With the Stars alum Zendaya will appear in the title role, and is set to record four of Aaliyah’s hit songs for the film. Enjoy a mini slide show of pictures of Aaliyah & Zendaya side by side below!

 

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