Stepping into the singer's shoes is Disney Channel fixture Zendaya Coleman. The star of series "Shake It Up!" recently gained widespread recognition with a stint on "Dancing With the Stars."
Aaliyah, who topped the charts from 1994 to her death at just 22 years old in 2001, has yet to get a biopic treatment. This film, tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will be based off of Christopher Farley's bestselling biography "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman."
Coleman brings more than just acting chops to the role. She is also a singer and released a self-titled debut in 2013 -- the first single selling more than 1 million copies.
The film is being produced by Aaliyah Productions, Inc., with Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries) serving as executive producers. Bradley Walsh (Turn the Beat Around) will direct from a script written by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar).
Now I don't know if this is the best person to play Aaliyah but Zendaya really talented and has a pretty big fan base and let's face it......It's a Lifetime Movie!
Here is a pic of me and Z last September in Austin! Great kid!