Zendaya Confirms Aaliyah Portrayal: “I Want To Honor Her”



‘Zapped’ singer/actress Zendaya has confirmed that she is to play R&B vocalist Aaliyah in a ‘Lifetime‘ biopic today, taking to Twitter to share the news with their respective fan bases.

How she broke the news?

Find out below…

On the role, the budding Pop princess explained:

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Originally unveiled by entertainment website Necole Bitchie, news of Zendaya‘s casting comes as reports indicate that the movie will not feature contributions from Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton.

However, industry murmurings suggest that the flick will call on her uncle Barry Hankerson to help tell the star’s story, responsible for leading the vocalist to superstardom and introducing her to her mentor and husband, R.Kelly, whom she married illegally aged 15.

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  1. DC34EVA June 16, 2014

    Congrats to her! However, Monica should have a biopic she’s more interesting!!

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  2. Fine Ass Lou June 16, 2014

    I don’t see it.

  3. NT June 16, 2014

    I read Zendaya is playing Aaliyah age 14 and Keyshia Chante is doing the older Aaliyah

    • IStanForYourFav June 16, 2014

      That would make sense if they chose to do that, but the fact that they’re doing this movie doesn’t make sense, so I DOUBT they do that.

  4. musiclover June 16, 2014

    to be honest what has aaliyah done to get a movie done about her ??

    what are they gonna show her family won’t let the truth be told…can’t wait to see whos playing dame dash and jay z

    • Anne June 16, 2014

      I think she did almost as much as Selena and certainly as much as Ritchie Valens (who died in a small plane crash while still in his teens and was portrayed in La Bamba).

    • Fine Ass Lou June 16, 2014

      Jay z had no role in her career or her success. Aaliyah and Dame Dash only DATED. No engagement, no living together, no synonymous nickname. He probably won’t have a role in the movie either. And to answer your question, Aaliyah has inspired MANY of your favs! From Ciara, to Destinys Child, Rihanna, Brandy and back. The question should be why is no one interested in doing a movie about your fav


    She’s cute, epic flop but cute.

  6. Suicide Blonde June 16, 2014

    Oh another post, i see you David, lol.

  7. ashgino@gmail.com June 16, 2014

    i forsee zendaya doing aaliyah justice, but i hope they Tann her darker like a red bone, not a yellow bone. And Aaliyah uncle is involved in the project, i dont think her mom and brother is though, her mother put out a cease order to prevent r. kelly from ever telling the truth, not like he would anyway, but i believe aaliyah lost her virginity to R.Kelly and was married and miscarried his child, and if that’s not covered in the Aaliyah movie, that it wont be a “movie” or deserves being “a movie”

    • Anne June 16, 2014

      I hope she can dance good enough to play Aaliyah.

      • the voice June 17, 2014

        Is this a joke ? Zendaya is known for her dancing lol

  8. IStanForYourFav June 16, 2014

    Her makeup team will have a lot to do. It’s going to take a lot to make her look like Aaliyah. That goes for anyone. I won’t judge though quite yet, because I remember doubting Lil’ Mama for playing Left Eye, and she PLAYED that role and she LOOKED nearly damn identical to Left Eye. Good luck to Z! RIP Aaliyah. (TGJ is so SHADY for that R. Kelly comment)


  9. blackcloud6 June 16, 2014

    Disrespectful. I smell nepotism!! i woulda rather them chosen solange! she aint much but she is better than zendaya

  10. FutureCIARA June 16, 2014



  11. FutureCIARA June 16, 2014


    Im sorry for all the DEADliyahh draggs, And for all the times I made fun of her death, I wanted to tell you when you made a Twitter, But it is what it is……

    Wow and to think TGJ blocked the word D******** because of me…… 🙁

    I love Baby girl and will from now on Dragg you with other reads not dealing with her death, But Biitch you know you be trying me, So when U send, I come for BLOOOD!

    • SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) June 16, 2014

      Yeah you were dead ass wrong for that. And you did it multiple times. Very disgusting. You should be proud that you are mature enough to own up it to and apologize. Good job.

      • SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) June 16, 2014

        To it*

    • Stephon June 16, 2014

      Don’t appologize to Mark! Just say sorry for saying nasty things about Aaliyah & keep it movin’. Marky Mark is an asshole…

    • ozzy June 16, 2014

      WE all have our differences but I gotta respect you for taking the high road. Maybe you’re not so atrocious after all.

  12. Mark111 June 16, 2014

    I was hoping an actual Black girk would play her. But hey, VH1 did a great job with TLC, so maybe.

    • SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) June 16, 2014

      DEATH! Not you paying FC’s comment dust. LMFAOOOO!

  13. Selenator June 16, 2014

    Good for Cassie! Maybe this role will help push her album past 100k and Hollywood Records won’t drop another actress-who-tried-to-be-a-singer act.

  14. BEYFLAWLESS June 16, 2014

    i will give it a chance, cause ppl thought lil mama would be bad in the TLC movie

  15. Mark111 June 16, 2014

    And to me, Aaliyah wasn’t light skin, she was brown. The girl just had some pretty damn good genes. I heard she had Native in her, but what African American doesn’t. I won’t make a big deal of a mix girl playing her. It reminds me when they got J.lo (a puerto rican) to play Salena (a Mexican), but Jenny did the job amazingly well.

  16. Brian310 June 16, 2014

    Hopefully she does well and the movie turns out to be great.

  17. Yea ok June 16, 2014

    Why are people so upset. Chile it’s a lifetime or vh1 movie. It’s really not that serious. Lmao

    My niece lives for this little girl apparently she is hot on the Disney circuit so I have no comment. She may do real cute. I’ll be watching of course. And judging.

  18. JoJo June 16, 2014

    Angel Haze would be perfect for this. Then get someone else for the vocals

  19. MC!! June 16, 2014

    I’m happy Aaliyah is getting her movie. They’ve been trying to do a movie about her since she died. Selena died young and that movie was awesome! If you have the right cast and script the sky is the limit! Aaliyah’s last album is pretty much what everyone is doing today…experimental r&b. she was a trailblazer and played a pivotal part in urban music. She wasn’t afraid to try something edgy.

  20. sleazy June 16, 2014

    So her family doesn’t want a Film cus of all the shady things she did?

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