Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic is back on with a new actress in the starring role.

Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp has been cast to play the R&B singer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. This follows news of Wendy Williams boarding the TV movie as an executive producer, which she first announced Friday on Twitter.

Shipp takes over for Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, who left the project in June. The actress and singer was to record four of the songs that would’ve appeared in the movie.

“We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold,” Lifetime wrote in a statement posted on its Twitter account on June 29.

The project, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is set, to resume filming this summer with a fall premiere date planned. The script for the biopic was based on a book, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, by Christopher Farley.

Aaliyah, who topped the charts from 1994 to her death at 22 in 2001, has yet to get the biopic treatment. The film is being produced by Aaliyah Productions Inc., with Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries) serving as executive producers.

Bradley Walsh (Turn the Beat Around) will direct from a script written by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar).

Shipp’s credits include Nickelodeon’s “House of Anubis” as well as episodes of “Switched at Birth,” “Awkward” and “Ray Donovan.”

(Photo: Twitter)

4 thoughts on “Alexandra Shipp Replaces Zendaya in Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic

  1. I said it. on said:

    I’m so tired of the whole pull off the look thing. Also, whoever is chosen, will not have to sing that much. A aliyah didn’t sing a lot if we get down to it. As long as the actor uses a goodbbackground and the beat is right, that part will be okay. Besides, amovie about ssomeone’s life should show just that. Aaliyah had more going on than singing.

    If this keeps up, people will be tired of the thought of her movie before, it comes out.

  2. Dee Dee on said:

    Noooooo!!!!! Not satisfied! Who is this kid???? Alexandra Shipp???? No disrespect. Don’t just put a movie together with no thought! Any old person will do is their thought! Why not cast Letoya Luckett as Aaliyah? She is her contemporary, talented and can pull off the look!

    • chocolate on said:

      I AGREE!!!!!!!! she’s perfect for this movie and no she didn’t have many RECORDING but the ones she had made #1 and you have to realize she was at the start of her game and I’m tired of everybody saying she don’t qualify for this and that if it’s true why is everybody trying to be like her

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