The Aaliyah film is moving forward without Zendaya Coleman, as Alexandra Shipp takes the starring role in the Wendy Williams-executive produced Lifetime film.
"I'm excited to exec produce the Aaliyah @lifetimetv movie w/ @DebraMChase. Prod starts later this month and @AlexShipppp will play Aaliyah," Wendy Williams says via Twitter.
As Williams notes, Alexandra Shipp is set to replace Zendaya Coleman, who recently dropped out of the film, reportedly due to criticism regarding the TV movie.
Jomo Hankerson, the cousin and head of Aaliyah's former record label, Blackground Records, recently addressed the potential TV movie.
“We feel like [television's] really not the right platform,” he said. “Aaliyah was a legend. She was a hugely influential artist on our culture… I think that she deserves the treatment of a ‘Walk The Line’ or a ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’ A big, major movie.”
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) July 18, 2014