Zendaya Coleman Leaves Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic
Zendaya Coleman has dropped out of Lifetime’s planned biopic of the late R&B singer Aaliyah.
Zendaya Coleman Drops Aaliyah Biopic
"Zendaya is no longer involved in the project,” a rep for Coleman told E! News. The rep didn’t provide any further details about why the singer and actress decided to walk away from the project.
There are a number of reasons that could be to blame for Coleman dropping the Aaliyah biopic, according to sources. Lifetime apparently had problems getting the rights to Aaliyah’s music among other production issues. Furthermore, Aaliyah’s family reportedly doesn’t support the project.
"Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya," the source said. "She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right."
The movie, which is tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, was based off of the biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by Christopher Farley. It was to cover both her life and career, starting with her turn on talent show Star Search and cover her tragic death at the age of 22. Lifetime had planned on commencing filming this summer and debut the biopic in the fall.
Coleman is best known for playing Rocky Blue on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up! She also appeared in the Disney Channel movie Zapped. Coleman gained a broader audience last year when she competed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.