Alexandra Shipp replaces Zendaya Coleman in Aaliyah biopic


Zendaya Coleman replaced in Aaliyah Lifetime biopic

A new actress has stepped in for Zendaya Coleman in Lifetime’s anticipated Aaliyah biopic. Just a few weeks ago, the 17-year-old “Zapped” star who was originally tapped to take on the role of the late R&B singer stepped down, citing a poor budget.

Now, Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp best known for her work in “House of Anubis” and appearances on “Switched at Birth” and “Victorious,” is taking a stab at it.

The made-for-TV film, tentatively titled “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” is said to be based on Christopher Farley’s best-selling book Aaliyah: More Than A Woman. Although production was put on hold following several protests and Coleman’s sudden exit, we expect the wheels to begin rolling again soon, in light of the new casting.

Do you think Shipp is the right replacement for Coleman? – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

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