Lifetime has found its replacement for Zendaya Coleman.
Alexandra Shipp will play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (working title), EW has confirmed. The planned film is set to premiere this fall and will be executive produced by Debra Martin Chase and talk show host Wendy Williams.
Willams broke the news earlier today when she tweeted:
Shipp’s previous film credits include Nicklelodeon’s House of Anubis, and guest appearances on Awkward, Switched At Birth, and Victorious. Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up) was originally cast in the lead role, but the 17-year-old actress dropped out of the project in June. Coleman, whose “Replay” spent 21 weeks on Billboard Hot 100, was originally set to sing in the film as well. No word yet on whether or not Shipp will also sing in the film.
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B is based on Wall Street Journal editor Christopher John Farley’s biography on the late singer Aaliyah: More than a Woman.