Before filming has even begun, Aaliyah’s biopic is facing the possibility of being cancelled as the project has currently been put on hold.
Earlier, we reported that Aaliyah’s biopic is one of the upcoming biopics you should watch as it tells the inspirational journey of Aaliyah’s life. However, Lifetime Television recently released a short statement on Twitter to say that the Disney Channel star and singer Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. It was reported that the project was put on hold due to production issues, including problems with obtaining rights to Aaliyah’s music.
Regarding the dropout issue, Zendaya, who previously said that Aaliyah has always been her source of inspiration, took to Twitter to say:
…if she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.” pic.twitter.com/SSVYpA3SrK
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 29, 2014
MTV recently caught up with Zendaya who attended the BET Awards on June 29 and asked about her dropout from the project. It seems that the Disney star felt that everything happened too quickly and that she no longer wanted to be a part of it.
“I just felt that the project wasn’t 100 percent there. I feel [that] production wise, everything just felt a little rushed. And I think because she’s someone I admire and I love so much, it can’t be done halfway, or not to the standards I think it should be done at, so I just decided not to do it,”
Zendaya further added that she would be the first person ready to play Aaliyah when the right project comes along but this project would not be the one.
With Zendaya dropping out from the film project, who do you think would the next best person to take on the role of Aaliyah in the biopic?