After Zendaya pulled out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic project last month, producers gathered to figure out where to go from there. On Friday, Deadline reports that the network is ready to move forward, with Nickelodeon’s “House of Anubis” actress Alex Shipp as lead.
News of a Lifetime Aaliyah biopic TV movie were made just several weeks ago, announcing Zendaya’s casting 3 weeks ago. Rumors say that criticism around the project pushed Zendaya to drop. “Aaliyah’s family has been vocal about their opposition to a small screen adaptation for Aaliyah’s story, wanting a feature film made for the big screen instead, with *name* actors,” Indie Wire says.
Alex Shipp isn’t an A-list actor, so Aaliyah’s family might still not be pleased. The family is also reportedly “outraged” because they were not consulted for the film, and they promised to block Lifetime from acquiring any rights to Aaliyah’s songs. It doesn’t sound like it will be easy for Lifetime, but whatever the case, production is moving forward with the project.
Aaliyah Haughton was a recording artist, dancer, actress, and model. With R. Kelly as her mentor, the star released her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.” Aaliyah died in a tragic plane crash in 2001, she was 22-years-old. Aaliyah was on her way back to the U.S. from the Bahamas, where she recorded a music video for “Rock the Boat.”