Zendaya Will Star As Aaliyah In New Lifetime Biopic

Mon, June 16, 2014 11:37pm EDT by 22 Comments
Zendaya Aaliyah Movie Role

From the Disney Channel to a major Lifetime original movie! Actress and singer Zendaya will play R&B artist Aaliyah in an upcoming TV movie about the late singer’s life, according to a new report.

Zendaya Coleman, 17, is about to take on a very important role. The Lifetime channel is reportedly making a TV biopic about R&B singer Aaliyah, and they have snagged the former Dancing With The Stars contestant to star in the flick about Aaliyah’s extraordinary life. Read on to learn all of the details about this upcoming movie!

Zendaya: Playing Late Singer Aaliyah In Upcoming Lifetime Original Movie

The upcoming Lifetime channel movie is tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, our sister site Variety reports. The original movie will be based on the bestselling book Aaliyah: More Than A Woman by Christopher Farley, Time magazine’s former music editor. Not only will Zendaya star in the film, but she will also record four songs of Aaliyah’s, the report details. 

Zendaya Excited To Honor Aaliyah, But Will The Family Let Her?

We can’t wait to see the former Shake it Up actress play Aaliyah onscreen. We personally think that Zendaya is a perfect fit for this role and we’re beyond excited to see how theTV  movie depicts Aaliyah’s amazing and all-too-short life. 

Aaliyah tragically passed away 13 years ago on August 25, 2001, in a plane crash in the Bahamas. She was only 22 years old when she died.

Zendaya Performs ‘Replay’ At Radio Disney Music Awards

Just like Aaliyah, Zendaya is also an actress AND a singer. The sassy star performed her song “Replay” at the Radio Disney Music Awards — and totally nailed her performance! Watch Z rock the stage right here. The song became a hit on the Billboard Top 100 chart. At only 17 years old, Zendaya is so talented!

Do YOU think Zendaya is a good fit to play Aaliyah in this Lifetime original movie, HollywoodLifers? Let us know who you think would be perfect in the role in the comments below!

— Megan Ross

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