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Aaliyah’s Biopic Gets New Lead Actress

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Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImageAlthough actress Zendaya Coleman dropped out last month, the much-discussed Aaliyah biopic is moving forward.

The late singer will now be portrayed by 23-year-old actress Alexandra Shipp, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Shipp previously starred on Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis and appeared in episodes of Switched at Birth, Awkward and Ray Donovan.

In addition, Wendy Williams has been tapped as an executive producer. The TV host announced the news Friday on Facebook: “Wendy and Wendy Williams Productions are proud to announce that they are joining Debra Martin Chase as executive producers on the Aaliyah Lifetime movie! Production begins later this month with Alexandra Shipp playing Aaliyah.”

The biopic, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will premiere this fall.



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