Can’t say we didn’t see it coming!
For, after confirming she won the role of R&B sweetheart Aaliyah in a forthcoming Lifetime (not VH1) biopic, Zendaya Coleman found herself on the defense from fans of the late songstress who disapprove of her casting and the movie altogether.
Not only did naysayers set Twitter alight with their objections yesterday and today, but now an online petition has surfaced to put a halt to Haughton’s forthcoming biopic. The story gained so much traction on social media that it prompted a response from the 17-year-old former Disney darling herself.
See all the hoopla below:
Hot like fire would be an accurate depiction of Aaliyah’s fans and their feelings toward the progression of this movie….
This petition is to stop the making of this Aaliyah biopic. It’s wrong that Aaliyah’s mother or brother didn’t have a say so in this movie that is being made. The fans didn’t get a say so and neither did any of Aaliyah’s friends. As her fans, we’re going to do anything in our power to stop this movie. Little do we know, this is hurting Mrs. Haughton and Rashad. They’re about to make something that didn’t even get approved from her family. That is beyond disrespectful. If you agree that this movie shouldn’t be made, you need to vote. If you really respect Aaliyah, you have to respect her mother and her brothers wishes. It’s only right. It was Aaliyah’s life. And they’re taking it too far now. We need to put a stop to this!
To which Zendaya replied:
Twinkie Byrd, the film’s casting director, also reportedly came to the aid of Coleman when she shared:
Zendaya embodies everything you want in a Actress to play Aaliyah. She is a Poised, Professional, STRONG Actress (studied at California Shakespeare Theater and American Conservatory Theater). A Triple Threat Actor, Singer Dancer. She LOVES AALIYAH and will do a Wonderful Job! She is of mixed ethnicity. Her name is Bantu (Zimbabwe) meaning “To Give Thanks”.
While fans have assumed that the ‘One In A Million’ songbird’s family has not lent their approval of the film, no official word has been delivered (as of time reporting).