Zendaya Coleman Lands “Aaliyah” Role!
Zendaya Coleman as Aaliyah…can you see it?
For a while, there have been rumors that VH1 was working on a biopic on the life of R&B singer Aaliyah, and while that may be true, HipHollywood can tell you that Coleman will not be starring in that one. According to a press release obtained by HH, the Disney star will channel ‘Baby Girl’ in the Lifetime Original Movie Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B.
Based on the bestselling book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman”, the film chronicles the Aaliyah’s rise to fame and tragic death.
Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. But behind the spotlight, Brooklyn-born, Detroit-raised Aaliyah Dana Haughton struggled to succeed in a tough business while staying grounded in the midst of her growing celebrity. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.
Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B, the first movie about the singer, will be filmed this summer and premiere in the Fall. In addition to starring in the biopic, Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah’s songs for the film, including many of her hit singles.