Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Zendaya to Play Aaliyah in New Lifetime Original Movie

ALLISON TAKEDA/US Weekly


Are you that somebody, Zendaya? We're about to find out. Lifetime announced on Monday, June 16, 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—Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, based on the bestselling book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman—will tell the 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. 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.

Helmed by Turn the Beat Around director Bradley Walsh, with a script by Brown Sugar screenwriter Michael Elliot, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B will shoot this summer. It's set to premiere in the fall.

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