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Aaliyah Biopic

Lead Star Drops Out of Movie

Following Family Protest

6/29/2014 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Zendaya Drops Out Of Aaliyah MovieDisney channel star Zendaya Coleman has officially dropped out of Lifetime's planned biopic about Aaliyah ... on the heels of the deceased singer's family speaking out against the flick.

Zendaya's rep says she's no longer involved with the project ... and sources close to the production say a whole bunch of factors played a part including the negative reaction from Aaliyah's family.

For now, Lifetime says production has been put on hold.

As we previously reported, Aaliyah's uncle/former manager told us no one from the network contacted them before announcing the movie. They believe Aaliyah deserves big screen treatment.

So far, Lifetime hasn't said if they're gonna fill the role ... or cease production on the movie.


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Sorry she's out but she wasn't the one for the movie... Lisa Tucker from season 5 American Idol would be better for the movie if they are looking for someone who looks like Aaliyah...

93 days ago


I believe there's more to the story as to exactly why the family is protesting. Such as the fact that she married a grown man (R.Kelly) at the age of 15 and he was later accused of child molestation (or sleeping with underage girls same s***). It was also rumored that she had a sexual relationship before, during, or after her very public relationship with his then best friend/business partner Damon Dash. These are things her family more than likely doesn't want to come out on ANY screen, big or small, tarnishing her image

93 days ago


Seems to me that her family has the same affliction as Sherri Shepherd's husband, where they feel the celebrity they're related to is a lot bigger than they actually are/were.

93 days ago


That family needs to get a grip .. they were lucky people still even remember who she is ..

93 days ago


Aaliyah was so pretty.

93 days ago

Dr. Truth No Lies    

Thank you Zendaya! Sensible thing you did. Aaliyah deserves much better.

93 days ago


AND...the family is also apprehensive about how her death would be depicted. Would the movie show how she pulled her "diva" card on the pilot of the chartered flight and told him she wouldn't leave her luggage that exceeded the weight limit subsequently causing not only her death but the death of several others smh

93 days ago


How stupid ! I don't know what the problem was her playing the role ! So who are they going to choose rihanna ??? Who looks nothing like her and is nothing but a h*e

93 days ago


She was talented but....she wasn't that big of a is tripping should be honored!!

93 days ago


Don't get me wrong Aaliyah was cool but she was NO WHITNEY HOUSTON!
The family should be glad that the likes of Life Time is even interested in her at all!
Everyone knew the truth about her and R. Kelly! It's no secret! I guess the family wish that it was...

Zendaya didn't need the drama anyway! It may mess up her image anyway!

93 days ago

I think she would have been fine in the part. But, if the family is going to cause problems, it's not worth it.

93 days ago


that girl happened to tragically die during her hit phase, had she not died then who knows what she would've been now, maybe some forgotten housewife who once had a hit
so for the family to diss ANY movie being made of her, they are ungrateful, big screen are for BIG stars, not for beginners who happened to die during early fame

93 days ago


Highly doubt that I'll be paying 15 dollars to a movie theater to see a movie about Aaliyah. Go head I can wait for it to go on Netflix.

93 days ago


I feel bad for Zendaya, she's a nice girl and has potential. She needs something to do, other than be a pretty face, before she contracts former Disney Staritis and goes crazy.

93 days ago


Tree most interesting thing about aaliyah was her marriage to r kelly and her death...yes she could sing and dance and act but so can a lot of people...wouldn't pay to see it

93 days ago
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