Zendaya Coleman No Longer Involved In Aaliyah Biopic

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June 29, 2014 | 8:57pm EST

Actress Zendaya Coleman has dropped out of plans to portray late singer Aaliyah in a new TV biopic.
The Disney star’s recent casting by bosses at America’s Lifetime TV network drew heavy criticism from fans, who launched an online petition to have the movie shelved after Aaliyah’s family insisted they had not authorized the film.
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B was slated to begin shooting this summer, but on Sunday, a representative for 17-year-old Coleman revealed she has since withdrawn from the role.
The spokesperson confirmed to Eonline.com, “Zendaya is no longer involved in the project.”
Reports suggest production issues and problems obtaining the rights to the Try Again hitmaker’s music contributed to Coleman’s decision to step down.
A source says, “Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya. She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”
A replacement for Coleman has yet to be revealed.
The Lifetime TV movie, based on Christopher Farley’s best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, is expected to detail the singer’s rise to fame, her controversial relationship with R. Kelly when she was just 15, and the plane crash which claimed her life aged 22 in 2001.