VH1 to release Aaliyah biopic this summer
Last fall, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson had the Web going crazy after he shared a series of tweets revealing that VH1 was flirting around with the idea of producing a biopic of his late niece, slated for release this summer.
While fans seemed interested in a possible film surrounding the singer-songwriter’s life, her family, specifically her brother, Rashad Haughton was completely opposed to the idea. “No female I’ve seen can play my sister,” Haughton stated in 2011.
Tristin Mays, a potential candidate poised to take on the role of the “One in a Million” songbird filled in fans about the film via Instagram saying …
“Normally I wouldn’t do something like this. But a very close friend of mine, @loganlaurice, gave me the courage to speak up about something that’s been pending and sitting on my heart. Today, I can’t be upset that I didn’t book the role I worked so hard for. This may have been the most difficult, emotional, inspiring, and lengthy audition process I’ve ever experienced. Getting the chance to portray someone I’ve always loved and admired so much was a blessing every single step of the way. I invested every ounce of my body mind and soul into this process and I can honestly say I’m proud of myself. God definitely has something incredible in store for me. A huge thank you to everyone who believed in me and spoke up for me in the room. And a huge congratulations to everyone in the cast!#TheAaliyahStory. Like Logan said, ‘you’re satisfied no matter the outcome of things that aren’t in your control.’ -Tristin Mays
After VH1 struck gold with their TLC flick last summer, it only makes sense that the network would attempt to tackle this feat. Will you be watching?! – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie