Aaliyah Biopic Gets Air Date + First Look At Alexandra Shipp As Aaliyah

Yesterday talk show host Wendy Williams released the first photo of Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah.

When 18-year-old actress Zendaya was cast to play the role, fans went into such an uproar that Zendaya dropped the role and was replaced by Shipp. Fans were mostly upset because Zendaya looks nothing like Aaliyah and many doubted that she could actually pull it off. Hopefully now that someone that resembles Aaliyah at least a little bit is playing the role, people will open up to watching the movie.


The biopic, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” will air on Lifetime and the network issued a press release with more details about the biopic and the cast:

“Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short as and when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B also stars:

Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents Diane and Mike Haughton; 

A.J. Saudin (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton;

Lyriq Bent (Saw IV) as her uncle and music manager Barry Hankerson. 

The film also stars Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, 

Izaak Smith (Mirror, Mirror) as Timbaland, 

Elise Neal (The Soul Man) as Gladys Knight and 

Chattrisse Dolabaille (Home Away) as Missy Elliot.


Alexandra looks a lot more like Aaliyah than Zendaya does, but she still isn’t a spot on resemblance like KeKe Palmer was for Chilli on the TLC biopic, but looks are only half of the requirement when it comes to whether or not someone can successfully play another person. I don’t know, there is something corny about Zendaya that turns me away from her but Shipp’s resume isn’t as impressive as Zendaya’s.

Only time will tell whether or not the network made a good choice. “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” is set to air on my birthday, Saturday, November 15.

Are you feeling Alexandra more than Zendaya for the role? Let us know in the comment section!


Source: Madame Noire

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