Sunday, June 29, 2014

Zendaya Is No Longer Involved in The Aaliyah Lifetime Movie

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17-year-old Zendaya has backed out of her starring role in the Lifetime movie about late R&B singer Aaliyah, and is "no longer involved" in the project", a rep for the actress has confirmed today. The role may be recast or Lifetime may drop the entire movie.

The news of her departure comes less than two weeks after it was first announced that Zendaya would play the role of Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic, tentatively titled "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."

Zendaya had tried to push back to those who felt she should not play the singer, saying she was "black enough" since she had a African American dad. I guess those critics won.

Production was scheduled to begin this summer, and the network hoped for a fall release. But complications, and a new search for the lead, might warrant a push-back for the film.

Zendaya and Aaliyah

The late singer's family has been vocal about their opposition to the idea of a small screen adaptation for Aaliyah's story - instead they want a feature film - and about their plans to block Lifetime from acquiring any rights to the songs.

There were also production issues surrounding the project, a source told E! News, citing problems acquiring rights to do Aaliyah's music.

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