Alexandra Shipp Takes Lead Role in Aaliyah Biopic

Lifetime tweet

When one stars out, another one steps in.

The drama surrounding the Aaliyah biopic can restart now that Lifetime has found a new star. Moving from Disney to Nickelodeon the network snags Alexandra Shipp. She will take Zendaya Coleman’s former lead role as the late princess.

Last month the 17-year-old’s rep confirmed she was “no longer involved with the film” and Lifetime’s PR department second her departure. They released a statement via Twitter, “We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.”

The actress was supposed to rerecord four songs for the TV film. Luckily with summer still in full swing, the TV network will be able to resume their summer shooting with the new lead.

The network confirmed with a Twitpic of the new star (above), Alexandra Shipp, in Aaliyah-inspired gear. Alexandra is a 23-year-old Nick star best known for the network’s ‘House of Anubis.’ She’s also appeared in ‘Ray Donovan,’ ‘Switched at Birth.’ ‘Awkward,’ and ‘Victorious.’

In addition to her hopping on the project, another new name was added. Talk Show host, Wendy Williams confirmed on Twitter that she will serve as the executive producer to the film.

She tweeted:

“I’m excited to exec produce the Aaliyah movie w/ . Prod starts later this month and will play Aaliyah.”

Wendy William Tweet

The movie will chronologically depict Aaliyah’s career from “Star Search” to her untimely death. It’s still slated for a fall release.

Are you excited for the new star or should Zendaya have stayed on board?

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