Aaliyah Biopic: Lead Actress Drops Out
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Zendaya has dropped out of filming Aaliyah biopic. (Image: File)

Zendaya, who faced criticism for being chosen of the lead role of Aaliyah in planned biopic has dropped out of filming, according to reports.

The Disney Channel star and singer will not play the deceased singer in the planned Lifetime Television movie a rep for the actress told E! News Sunday, June 29.

“Zendaya is no longer involved in the project,” the rep said.

E! News reports that “there were production issues, including problems obtaining the rights to Aaliyah’s music.” The R&B star who had a string of hits in the early 200s and starred in movies including “Queen of the Damned” died at age 22 in a plane crash on Aug. 25, 2001.

“Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya,” a source told E! News. “She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”

The script for “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” the tentative title of the film, is reportedly based on Christopher Farley’s best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. The project  was set to begin filming in the summer and air this fall.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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