Fans of Zendaya Coleman were beyond proud of their idol after she was cast in the Lifetime movie biopic of Aaliyah, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, two weeks ago. Like, how iconic is that?? But the squees were short-lived as it's just been announced that the 17-year-old Disney Channel star is no longer a part of the project.
Lifetime posted on Twitter:
We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.— LifetimePR (@LifetimeTV_PR) June 29, 2014
So far, Z's yet to comment, but E! News says that "there were production issues, including problems obtaining the rights to Aaliyah's music."
Originally, the former Shake It Up! actress couldn't help but gush about the role, "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"
However, Aaliyah's family wasn't totally on board from the get-go. Members of the clan said in a statement, "Considering the magnitude of her fans' affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won't even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah… Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We're here to make it clear that it's not okay!"
What do you think of all the Aaliyah news? Would you have liked to see Zendaya take on the iconic role of the R&B singer? Tell us all your thoughts in the comments below!
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