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Zendaya Coleman to play Aaliyah in upcoming Lifetime biopic

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Biopics have uniquely become the in-thing these days in Tinseltown, and with the pending arrival of an anticipated movie about James Brown hitting the big screens this August, plus the casting of Yaya DaCosta who will be playing Whitney Houston in Angela Bassett’s directorial debut via Lifetime, the latter network has another superb project in the works – and, surprisingly, it’s the much awaited flick about the life of the late R&B singer Aaliyah – which is tentatively titled “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.”

After undergoing an extensive selection process, to which a few names such as Keisha Chante were aligned and deemed to be the front runner for the sought-after role, it appears that the higher-uppers/movie execs/Lifetime had their eyes set on a different gal. According to Variety.com, actress and singer Zendaya Coleman has been selected to play Aaliyah in an upcoming made for TV movie about the multi-talented singer and actress, who tragically lost her life on August 25, 2001 at the tender age of 22 after a plane crash in the Bahamas.

The late star made her musical debut at the age of 14 when she released her debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” in 1994 under the tutelage of Grammy winner R. Kelly, and shortly moved on to do several movies herself and later releasing her much-heralded sophomore opus One In a Million in 1996 (produced and arranged by Timbaland and Missy Elliott). The film’s central focus will depict her journey from a young budding star to stardom and fame. Filming is expected to start sometime this summer and will supposedly premiere in the fall. Can Zendaya pull off the role ala Lil’ Mama? We’ll just have to wait and see. Keep eyes glued to the TV screens this coming Fall. Via at NB / Variety.com

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