For those of you not familiar, Aaliyah was an R&B sensation in the ’90s who unfortunately passed away in a plane crash in 2001. After her death, a bestseller called “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman”
was written. It is this book that the movie will be based off of.
According to Variety, Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah’s songs for the TV-movie. As a young performer herself, Zendaya is obviously thrilled to be playing such an iconic role. She expressed her excitement via a series of tweets, which read:
“She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her, show how much she accomplished in only 22 years….she’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven #babygirl #forever #OneInAMillion”
In addition to receiving tons of fan support, Z’s BFF Bella Thorne sent a special tweet in response to the news.
@Zendaya congrats!!!! i am so proud of you! i know how much you love her! xo
— bella thorne (@bellathorne) June 17, 2014
The biopic is set to film this summer and will air in the fall. We’re so excited for Zendaya! Are you looking forward to the movie?