The world may be presently mourning the passing of one pop icon, but another R&B/pop starlet is still being sorely missed. Over 10 years may have passed since the passing of R&B beauty Aaliyah, but the once touted ‘Sparkle’ star’s shine is still bright as she is regularly mentioned in comparison with today’s chart topping contemporaries. Like most fallen stars, especially after the success of hit 2009 film ‘Notorious’, chatter spread across the industry about a movie depicting the starlet’s life and – most importantly – who would be tapped to play her.
With rumors swirling that ‘Dreamgirls’ (2006) director Bill Condon had signed on to direct the movie, Canadian songstress Keshia Chante had long been rumored to be depicting the ‘Hot Like Fire’ hitmaker in the film. Sharing an uncanny resemblance to Haughton, Chante was once thought to be the perfect fit.
Now, the Canadian chanteuse, speaking with Chris Yandek, tells a different story. Will there ever be an ‘Aaliyah’ movie? Find her thoughts below:
CY: A few years ago there was talks of you know, playing her in a movie of her life and I just wonder for myself and everyone out there what really happened?
KC: What I will say is…I did meet a few people production company wise that are developing the Aaliyah movie and they spoke to me about playing her in the biopic of her life. And from my understanding, there are people trying to create a movie and Aaliyah’s family are still mourning her loss and aren’t ready to share her story and create a film. So there’s a bit of back and forth thing with her family and with creative people.
…unfortunately from my understanding they don’t have complete control of her estate. So a movie could technically be made without them green lighting it and I kind of think that’s unfortunate. So I want her family to be on board and to be happy with it. It’s still kind of lingering in the air. I would love to play the part. I’m a huge fan of Aaliyah…I would want to do it justice and exceed people’s expectations of it.”
CY: I think that could be your Selena moment. Do you feel like that could be your big moment?
KC: If it happened that way, that’s the way God intended for it to be. But I mean it’s not something that I’m sitting there like, this has to be it.
CY: I wonder if you feel for yourself is there any kind of bigger responsibility when people say you know, you’re carrying on the torch for Aaliyah or you are like her or you are the artist that resembles her today. Do you feel like any kind of bigger responsibility there?
KC: I grew up with her and I wanted to be just like her. Even in the Unpredictable video and my Bad Boy video, so many people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, she looks like Aaliyah.’ I was never, we never sat there and said, ‘Let’s try to mimic or find inspiration from that. But I do look at, I look at a lot of her work and she was so ahead of the times. She’s very futuristic.’
Is it time for an Aaliyah movie?