Zendaya Coleman Drops Out of Planned Aaliyah Biopic; Production on Hold

All of the controversy surrounding a planned Aaliyah biopic may have gotten to Zendaya. According to reports, the 17-year-old has dropped out of the Lifetime film, and no explanation was provided.

“We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold,” the network’s PR team tweeted.

Coleman’s selection to play Aaliyah was announced two weeks ago, but since the announcement, there has been a huge uproar from family members and fans, the latter arguing that the biracial teen was too light-skinned to play Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.

As far as the family, they claim producers did not contact them and are in disagreement with the medium of which the film will be shown (television).

In addition Zendaya quitting, artists like Teyana Taylor and Keshia Chante said they were approached to audition for the Lifetime project, but turned it down when they found out it was moving forward after the disapproval of the Haughton family.

Only thing we can say is — Leave it alone, Lifetime!

Gary Gentles

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