Disney actress to play Aaliyah in new TV biopic

The late singer's life story will appear on cable TV channel Lifetime

A biopic based on Aaliyah‘s life is to be made by cable TV channel Lifetime.

As Fact reports, the network have announced a film about the late R&B singer based on Christopher Farley’s biography Aaliyah: More Than A Woman. The news follows Lifetime’s confirmation of a biopic about Whitney Houston.

Disney Channel actress Zendaya Coleman is set to play Aaliyah in the film, which has been given a working title of Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B. Bradley Walsh (One Tree Hill, Turn The Beat Around) will direct the movie while Michael Elliot, the writer behind the TV movie Carmen: A Hip Hopera, will supply the screenplay.


Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that Drake’s planned posthumous Aaliyah album has been scrapped after producer Noah ’40’ Shebib abandoned the project, anxious of the “negative stigma” surrounding the record.

“The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it,” Shebib told Vibe. “[Timbaland] said to me, ‘Don’t stop, make the album.’ But ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma. [Aaliyah’s] mother saying, ‘I don’t want this out’ was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.”

Aaliyah was born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in New York in 1979. She was raised in Detroit and released her debut album ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’ in 1994. She released two further records, 1996’s ‘One In A Million’ and 2001’s ‘Aaliyah’, before she died in a plane crash in August 2001, aged 22.


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