Zendaya Drops Out of Aaliyah Biopic

Zendaya and Aaliyah

Zendaya Coleman will no longer play Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic.

Earlier in the month, the network announced that the 17-year-old Disney Channel star would portray the late singer in Aaliyah: Princess of R&B based off Christopher Farley’s best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. But that is no longer the case.

“Zendaya is no longer involved in the project,” a rep for the actress told E! News on Sunday.

There were reportedly production issues, including problems obtaining the rights to Aaliyah’s music.

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

Aaliyah’s family has publicly condemned the film, and has reportedly hired a lawyer to halt production.

The movie was scheduled to begin filming in the summer and air this fall.

Zendaya thanked her fans for understanding. “My Zswaggers are the BEST! Thank you for your undying support thru everything!” she said.

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  1. King

    Disgusted by the way the GP treated this girl. She prob could’ve a done a better job than anyone…everyone was just mad that it was a Disney but really she’s got the talent to pull it off. People are never pleased with anything smh.


    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @King, She would’ve pulled the young ones in splendidly, but bye girl. This movie really doesn’t need to happen. No one will be satisfied.


  2. Mao_the_cat

    Thanks God. Now call Keshia Chante and start taping a movie for cinemas!


    _taylormvde Reply:

    @Mao_the_cat, damn the resemblance is impeccable!!! wow! ….can she dance ?


  3. Malika

    It amazes me how many stupid people jump to conclusions.


    its about the fact that an Aaliyah film is trying to be persued without the consent of her Mother & Brother, the closest people to her who loved & cherished her.

    Her mother & brother are against this because it is nothing but a profit making venture for money grabbing Barry Hankerson (her mother’s brother & head of Blackground records) who will most likely put Aaliyah in the wrong spotlight.

    So please stop blaming Aaliyah’s mother & brother. Her father died trying to stop Barry Hankerson from putting out an album.

    Zendaya has made the right choice like a true Aaliyah fan would.


  4. leelilo

    Zendaya would have been great
    y’all happy now
    you will get someone that looks just like Aaliyah that can’t act,sing,or dance


  5. movie

    This is good news, now they should hire Keshia Chante to play Aaliyah


  6. Major Sushi

    Everyone would rather have an Aaliyah look-a-like to play as Aaliyah, rather than an actress who has credentials to act, sing, and dance.

    I rather have someone who has credentials than one who looks like Aaliyah, to play as the late singer.


  7. dada

    Who needs a movie about Aaliyah anyway?
    Why can’t we just leave people alone after they die!?

    All our generation knows, is a remake of a remake… or a sample of an original.
    Basic people with basic looks and basic experience want to make a movie about a legend.
    Most of us were kids when Aaliyah lived.
    How are WE suppose to decide if the film is any good…
    Have we any exact memories of her life, her time or her era? They can produce any shit they want and serve it to us…

    Just like Gaga steals from everyone and we find out years later that everything was done by others better and before…Just like all the artists in the top 10 that rip of others that were before them…
    Is anyone doing original stuff anymore?


  8. truth of the matter is

    Respect her for dropping out, her casting would’ve been disrespectful and colorist to Aaliyah’s memory.
    I just wish they stopped that horrible nina simone biopic


    DW Queen Reply:

    @truth of the matter is,
    I agree that Nina Simone biopic she be halted. The actress doesn’t even come close to representing Nina Simone in her own life in fact she’s the complete opposite of her.


  9. #RihannaNAVi

    Just let Aaliyah Rest In Peace


    Danielle George Reply:

    @#RihannaNAVi, stfu with that damn excuse. Aaliyah was an icon and superstar. Why can’t she be remembered. What does her resting have to do with fans wanting her to be remembered. Why can other artists have unreleased songs put out and movies but she can’t. What makes her so special that we can’t her from her unreleased work or she can’t have a movie? She’s been dead for 13 years. It won’t affect her resting it won’t disturb her. She’s gone. So that makes no flipping sense. They picked the wrong girl. Sabi, Keyshia chante, or teyana Taylor should do it. What is so special about aaliyah that we can’t hear ot remember her at all. Is there some big dark secret? She said in her mtv diaries interview thst if anything happened to her she wants to be remembered so why can’t she? There’s millions of songs she’s done that fans haven’t heard. So aaliyah’s soul won’t rest if she has any of that


    Danielle Reply:

    Please stfu with that damn exuse RihannaNavy. I’m tired ofit. How will the fans trying to keep aaliyah’s memory alive be interuppting her from resting. She’s been dead for 13 years! She’s gone. How will that affect her soul resting? So you’re saying Left Eye’s soul is resting Biggies soul is resting, Tupac’s soul is resting, Selena’s soul is resting, but because it’s Aaliyah she won’t? Cut that bs. I love Aaliyah but what makes her so damn special that fans can’t hear her unreleased work or have a movie? We helped to make her famous. So why cant we have a chance to commemorate her memory? Is there some dark secret about her we can’t know? She was special to a lot of people and still is. She said she would’ve wanted to be remembered if anything happens to her in the MTV Diaries interview so why can’t she? Why must she be forgotten? Why is she so damn special we can’t hear from her? She’ll be resting no matter what. It’s what she would’ve wanted. It’ll be 20 years soon. The producers picked the wrong black girl. Zendaya is a Disney Star and looks nothing like Aaliyah and her dancing skills aren’t up to par and neiter singing. Fuck this color/race nonsense. Black is black. Sabi, Keshia Chante, Teyana Taylor, Julissa Bermudez, Jordan Sparks, or Lolita Price should play Aaliyah. And Aaliyah was so much bigger than just a Lifetime movie. She was an innovator, trendsetter, and star,she deserves more. It’s all in a postive way. Why cant she be honored?


  10. Roshawn Burse

    bye felicia


  11. DRB

    I can’t word this gently so…. her family is the issue. They need to consent and consult, and if her uncle needs to clear the music, that’s that.

    “They’re not ready.” I’m not one to disrespect anyone’s grieving process but they just don’t want this done. “Bad light” or whatever, it was the truth. Not everyone is perfect and G rated and that is more than okay.


  12. Shutterbug

    Well, that’s what they get…hopefully the movie can get a THEATRICAL release when it’s made.


  13. ?

    Ya’ll got what ya’ll wanted so just leave Zendaya alone. I’m tired of all you dark skinned folk talking about light skinned people saying stuff like they can’t play this role or they can’t do this or that because of the color of their skin. Light skinned people are the most beautiful people in the world and Zendaya is the whole package and that’s a fact. So, if your mad about the way you look don’t put your anger out on her.


  14. LiveLoveLaugh

    I like Zendaya, I think she would’ve played Aaliyah well, but the fact that her (Aaliyah) family doesn’t want a movie/biopic out, there shouldn’t be one…at all. These people just trying to make money off her name, like Sony did with Michael Jackson. I feel they wouldn’t tell Aaliyah’s story right. Let Aaliyah R.I.P and leave Zendaya alone, she doesn’t deserve your nasty, negative comments. She has be nothing but respectful of Aaliyah, one of her inspirations. Yall act like she was producing the movie, she was just given the part in the movie. smh!


  15. Draga maga lana

    @?: Light skin peole are not the most beautiful people on this earth! Everyone is beautiful in their own way. You sound stupid.

    They should just let Aaliyah be! But IF they must make a movie about Aaliyah I think they should cast a person who has more connection with R&B in the late 80′s begin 90′s. Cause Zen in my opinion is to young.


    ? Reply:

    @Draga maga lana, OK now you sound stupid because Aaliyah came to the public eye at 15 and died at 22. Zendaya is the perfect age, 17, which if right in the middle. If they got someone older to play the part they wouldn’t be able to pull it off.


  16. leeloo

    i prefer keysha chantĂ©… seriously!!!


    Mao_the_cat Reply:

    @leeloo, me too!!!


  17. LIL OL ME

    People said horrible things about this girl. And at the end of the day her skin pigment isn’t that different. This was doable not anything like Zoe Saldana and Nina Simone. The fact this little girl lost the chance to play this role in 2014. whether by her own choice or not. Shows how colorist and racially insensitive black people still are. And we’ve got some work to do. How many of us have light skinned children, siblings, parents, cousins? At the end of the day they are still black. What you think white folks gonna tap xendaya to play the role of Marilyn Monroe or A young Audrey Hepburn? Stop being our own worst enemies. There’s a time to cry foul and this wasn’t it. I think I’m finally starting to understand when mixed people say they don’t get accepted by either race. This movie wasn’t even a big deal. It’s a cheap lifetime movie.


  18. Nunofyobusiness

    @LIL OL ME, mixed breeds need a category of their own. Black folks don’t need to bow down to the mixed breeds. They never say they black. Their always mix with something and the word black comes at the end.


  19. Yoloft dzassi loyaler

    Maybe somebody else will play her if it ever happen and it was put on hold as I read somewhere else on another site however I understand she wanted to do it the right way 120 I don’t blame her for that. And the hater need to stfu keep it moving


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