Zendaya Exits Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic

Zendaya Quits Aaliyah Movie

When it comes to portraying Aaliyah, it turns out Zendaya is not that somebody.

The Disney Channel staple has officially exited Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, Lifetime’s upcoming original biopic about the late R&B singer.

The cabler confirmed the news via Twitter on Sunday, stating, “We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.”

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Although the exact reasons behind Zendaya’s departure remain unclear, E! News reports that production has experienced problems obtaining the rights to Aaliyah’s songs, four of which were to be recorded for the TV movie.

Zendaya’s most recent project, the Disney Channel original movie Zapped, drew 5.7 million total viewers on Friday.

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  1. Lc says:

    Good! She looks nothing like Aaliyah. Would have been a bad choice. Best to cast an unknown.

  2. Eli says:

    Disney Channel would be better off without live action programming altogether and Lifetime channel is beyond an embarrassing joke.

  3. "A" Has Risen says:

    Some people are saying she “looks nothing like Aaliyah” and blah, blah, blah. But that isn’t the point. If she was good enough to get cast instead of the others, then she is just simply good enough. People have seriously attacked this girl until she decided to leave the project. Plus, the only reason the family is mad is because they want her life to be a feature film, not a TV movie.. They don’t think her “life story should be made for a television film” but rather the big screen. There are articles released with them saying that. Aaliyah was AMAZING and a GREAT artist and actress but her story is bigger than the likes of Whitney Houston, who will be getting a tv film? Not to mention the Jackson 5 and Tina Turner also had a tv film, so basically they are saying Aaliyah was far better than those I listed. I’m sorry but her life doesn’t warrant a feature film and they really need to stop hackling the movie and Zendaya. The rights to her music were so much trouble due to the fact Aaliyah’s family has close times with them, but for them to try to get the rights blocked due to their greediness? Wow. I personally believed Zendaya could do the role justice and with taste. Forget her Disney background and that she’s not an exact replica of Aaliyah. She’s very talented and everyone knows that. So sad she let all the “critics” get to her head that she dropped out of production.

    • David says:

      The Tina Turner movie wasn’t a tv movie. It was theatrical. I was surprised by the Whitney Houston movie being made but it’s allegedly going to focus on her and Bobby Brown so maybe that won’t prevent a theatrical film which Whitney is worthy of. The familyIis not about to let lifetime use music from Aliyah because they don’t support the production. We’ll see if the family is able to get a tgeatrical release together.

  4. leo21 says:

    It doesn’t matter if she looks like Aaliyah, No one else suggested did either and of the names suggested, She was criticized for her age even though Aaliyah broke out at a similar age. She seems to be better equipped to pull off the role than anyone else I’ve heard brought up.

    That being said, after hearing the concerns of the family, I am glad this thing is on hold for now. It seems rushed and it needs to be handled with more care because Aaliyah’s fans are very sensitive as to how she will be treated on film.

  5. dude says:

    Cast Keisha Chante!

  6. bobbi6484 says:

    I am sorry Zendaya came to this decision, but considering the way her casting has been treated, I’m glad she’s out of it. She deserved much better. She’s a very talented young woman and I’m sure has a bright future ahead of her.

  7. Jared says:

    Sad. Zendaya would have made a great Aaliyah.

  8. Tracytv says:

    All the b*tchn gonna get these movie shelved. The big screen is not interested. It’s not gonna happen. Actors have to embody the person. Angela basset looked nothing like Tina Turner. Jaime Foxx looked nothing like ray Charles. This girl would have done a good job acting singing dancing like a aliyah. Most complainers want some old non dancing non signing actress to play aliyah. Watch the behind the music because that’s the only story of aliyah that will be made.

  9. Arie says:

    How about Keke Palmer? She was decent in the TLC movie.

  10. Tiffany says:

    Zendaya would have been great. I’m tried of all you haters. You complain about girls like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna and not wanting your daughters to be like them. But when you get a good girl like Zendaya you knock her down. But to all you haters you can’t hold a good girl down. You soon will be eating your words about Zendaya. Because she about to blow up and say to you “IN YOUR FACE”. Love U Zendaya.

  11. ashley says:

    I remember years ago in a magazine article on megan good
    She said if she could play a role it would be aaliyah. Why not get her in it

    • Gigi says:

      Megan, herself, said that she’s a little old to play that role now. But had they elected to do this project earlier, she would have been a good choice.

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