Zendaya to Play Aaliyah in Lifetime’s Biopic , Aaliyah: Princess of R&B

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Zendaya is officially branching out from her Disney roots! The 17-year-old singer/actress has been cast to play the legendary performer Aaliyah in Lifetime’s biopic, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

For those of you not familiar, Aaliyah was an R&B sensation in the ’90s who unfortunately passed away in a plane crash in 2001. After her death, a bestseller called “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman”
was written. It is this book that the movie will be based off of.

According to Variety, Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah’s songs for the TV-movie. As a young performer herself, Zendaya is obviously thrilled to be playing such an iconic role. She expressed her excitement via a series of tweets, which read:

“She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her, show how much she accomplished in only 22 years….she’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven #babygirl #forever #OneInAMillion”

In addition to receiving tons of fan support, Z’s BFF Bella Thorne sent a special tweet in response to the news.

The biopic is set to film this summer and will air in the fall. We’re so excited for Zendaya! Are you looking forward to the movie?

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