Actress Zendaya has exited the Lifetime TV production of the Aaliyah biopic, the network confirmed on Sunday.

“We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold,” Lifetime’s public relations department said on Twitter.

It was confirmation of a statement that Zendaya’s representative to E! News earlier on Sunday saying the 17-year-old Disney star “is no longer involved in the project.”

As was previously reported, the project was not one that was a favorite of Aaliyah’s fans and her family which expressed disapproval of the project. In fact, fans even circulated a petition to stop production from going forward.

Lifetime’s announcement also noted that Zendaya was set to re-record some of Aaliyah’s songs. However, as we reported, Jomo Hankerson, Aaliyah’s cousin and president of her label Blackground Records, said that the family was not down with granting permission of the late singer’s songs to be used.

“Because we control the masters [to Aaliyah’s recordings], the rights and some images of the musical elements that we put together like the videos, and photo shoots and things that we did, what we can just withhold those elements from the production, which we would do,” said Hankerson.

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9 thoughts on “Zendaya Coleman Drops Out of Aaliyah Biopic, Lifetime Halts Production

  1. IanRousseault on said:

    Does anyone really want or need to see an Aaliyah movie anyway?????? Come on people, she was only big in the black community! It wasn’t like she was a MAJOR crossover singer, who would be interested in a movie about her? No one that I know even knows who she is!!! I think Lifetime should scrap this project and concentrate on other projects. She has been dead for over 13 years, where’s the desire for a movie?

      • kay, you act like the plane going down and nipping the bud was her fault. And why is she less interesting than the white legends who died tragically at a young age?

      • I don’t remember saying anything about the way she died or her importance in relation to any other singers.

    • I guess y’all forgot about her budding movie career. And the “black community” spends billions on entertainment each year, so it’s not really a good look to marginalize us.

      • “Budding” is the operative word here. It hadn’t bloomed. And you are correct. The black community does spend billions on entertainment each year, so I don’t think we have to be worried about being marginalized. The fact is a thing can only be what it is. And Aaliyah was no superstar. And aside from being involved with that pedophiliac R Jelly, what could be so interesting? Especially for two whole hours. However, I have to say that if a movie absolutely has to be made about the lovely Aaliyah, Lifetime is the place for it. Not the big screen.

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