After much push back from Aaliyah’s family, and Zendaya Coleman dropping out of the lead role, the biopic “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” is finally coming to the small screen. Lifetime just announced that the film will premiere on November 15th and also released new stills from the film.
As previously reported Alexandra Shipp, from Nickelodeon’s “House of Anubis” will star as Aaliyah. The actress’ credits also include the upcoming Vh1 TV Movie, Drumline: A New Beat and the feature film Straight Outta Compton.
Rachael Crawford (“The Man”) and Sterling Jarvis (“The Sentinel”) will star as Aaliyah’s parents Diane and Mike Haughton; A.J. Saudin (“Degrassi,” “The Next Generation”) will star as Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton; and Lyriq Bent (“Saw IV”) as her uncle and music manager Barry Hankerson. The film will also star Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith (“Mirror, Mirror”) as Timbaland, Elise Neal as Gladys Knight and Chattrisse Dolabaille (“Home Away”) as Missy Elliot.
The two-hour movie event is executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, and is based on the bestseller “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley.
Will you be watching?