The Aaliyah biopic is more controversial than her marriage to R. Kelly.
Another day another Aaliyah story gets released, this time Keshia Chante’s speaking up.
For years the 106th & Park host was rumored to play the “One in a Million” singer. Yet when the official press release was issued it wasn’t her name but Zendaya Coleman’s to star in the Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Ever since then while the movie’s buzz continued to pick up negatively, Keshia Chante kept her lips sealed, until now. In an Instagram post to her loyal fans that continued to ride for her attaining the coveted spot, she had a message explaining the ordeal.
“Now regarding the Aaliyah film, I just want to say Thank You all for the outpouring of support. You guys went so hard!! It’s really touching to know that you root for me! Words can’t even express. But this particular project just wasn’t for me. After learning more about the situation & how the Haughton family truly felt, I just didn’t feel like it was right. But at the end of the day, this is just one, of what will be many movies on Babygirl’s life. So maybe one day, if it’s the right circumstance, timing & I get the blessing, I’ll choose to be a part of something. Until then, keep #Aaliyah’s legacy alive & positive! And support my girl Zendaya who is just living out her dreams & working hard to do so! xo KC”
Teyana Taylor also admitted it was the family drama that made her gracefully bow out. Neither commented on whether they were picked and declined or they already took themselves out of the race before the verdict was read.
And even Rihanna’s name was thrown into the mix. According to MediaTakeOut, “The [Zendaya] backlash is huge. Either the network is going to have to replace her, or shut down production. Right now they’re negotiating with Rihanna to play Aaliyah. And [Rihanna’s] interested.”
However HollywoodLife learned that’s not true. A source close to production revealed:
“If Lifetime could have got Rihanna they would have got her first. Zendaya fits all the requirements the role needs. She’s young, she can sing, she can act and she has a fan base that will come over and watch the movie. Plus economically she is way more affordable then Rihanna would ever be.”
The drama surrounding the R&B Princess has been overwhelming and becoming harder to keep up with. We hope the network has an epic and respectable film script up their sleeve to quiet the naysayers. But until than stay tuned to see who else gets thrown into the mix.
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