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Zendaya drops out: Disney star Zendaya Coleman leaves Aaliyah biopic, no reason

Zendaya drops out of the upcoming Aaliyah biopic, leaving the coveted role open for a new casting lead. Although many fans seemed excited to see Disney star Zendaya Coleman bring Aaliyah to life in the upcoming movie, for unexplained reasons the young actress has left the project this week. News Oxy shares the details behind this shocking update to the “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” feature this Sunday, June 29, which has been confirmed by both the celebrity’s representative and Lifetime.

Zendaya Coleman drops out of Aaliyah biopic
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Although she has said that she wants to do the role “justice,” Zendaya dropped out of the Aaliyah biopic unexpectedly. A potential replacement for this leading cast role has not been publicly considered yet, though production will need to be put on an immediate hiatus until a new actress who can look, act, and sing the part can be found. No official reason has been given by the 17-year-old Disney figure or Lifetime regarding her departure from the upcoming TV movie.

“Aaliyah has always been a source of inspiration to Zendaya,” her official account messaged on social media site Twitter today. “She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”

Lifetime confirmed the sad news for fans looking forward to a prompt arrival of the “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” biopic. They noted that the decision to withdraw has been confirmed, and that production is now delayed.

“We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.”

Hollywood Life offers a look into the Aaliyah biopic and what might have resulted in Zendaya Coleman being suddenly dropped from the hotly awaited film. The original singer’s family has said that they are against the new movie being featured on Lifetime in the first place; they believe that their beloved Aaliyah’s story is “too big” for television. Other critics believed that Disney was simply not enough experience for Zendaya to tackle the difficult role, while others said that the star's looks and even the color of her skin were not akin enough to the iconic “Try Again” artist for a fitting tribute.

It seems that Zendaya is still a major fan of Aaliyah, though it remains to be seen what was a deciding factor in her choosing to drop out — or being requested to leave — the Lifetime biopic. She had previously written on Twitter how intent she was to share the talented singer’s story with the world and ultimately make her “proud.”

“I wanna show how much she accomplished in only 22 years,” Zendaya Coleman had written on her official Twitter page. “She’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven #babygirl #forever #OneInAMillion.”

“Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” was expected to have an October 2014 release date, though that now looks unlikely given the recent change in the leading cast member. It will travel through the singer’s life from the age of 10 until her tragic death in a plane crash in 2001 at only age 22. The movie was also cited to focus heavily on her relationship with R. Kelly and their “secret marriage” when Aaliyah was only 15 years old.

Are you sad to see that Zendaya dropped out? Who do you believe might be a suitable replacement for her to play the indelible Aaliyah on the small screen for the upcoming Lifetime biopic? The movie itself has not been cancelled, concludes the report; it is still in the works, though production has been halted until a substitute actress is found.

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