Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman will portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime Original Movie about the life of the actress and R&B star who, at the height of her fame, died tragically in a plane crash.
The film, with the working title Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, is based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher Farley.
Production begins this summer for a fall premiere.
Coleman, who competed on Dancing With the Stars and ironically dressed as Aaliyah for Halloween last year, will record four of Aaliyah’s songs for the film, including many of her hit singles.
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…
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