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.