Missy Elliott And Timbaland Picks For Aaliyah Biopic Met With Mixed Reactions
The production process for Lifetime’s forthcoming Aaliyah biopic has been nothing short of messy. After Zendaya Coleman dipped out on the role of Aaliyah, they found a replacement: Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp. Wendy Williams also announced that she will be the executive producer for the movie, which is tentatively titled “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.” Of course these selection were met with some backlash, but nothing confused the internets more than the young actors cast as the producers who shaped Baby Girl’s career. According to TheWrap, Toronto actors Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith have been cast as Missy Elliott and Timbaland, respectively. Dolabaille is a Hollywood newcomer, while Smith has made a name for himself on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada,” “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and other projects. Of course, Twitter had plenty to say about the new cast members. Users poked fun at how skewed Lifetime’s casting judgement must be with the hashtag, #LifetimeCastings:
“@amyjuicebox: @chattrisse I'm scared to ask you how you feel about #blacktwitter's reaction…” Girrrrrl. I mean, people will be people!
— Chattrisse (@chattrisse) August 9, 2014
Did you even try with the Missy Elliott casting? Like you know she's like seven shades darker with hips right? #LifetimeCastings
— My Little Vixen (@mylittlevixen) August 10, 2014
Sam Smith as Aretha Franklin #LifetimeCastings #seemslegit
— Acacia Corson (@AcaciaC58) August 10, 2014
Lifetime should let Magic Johnson's son play Missy in the Aaliyah movie @lifetimetv #lifetimecastings
— Ricky Smith (@Rickonia) August 9, 2014
— 7/30/14 (@stfukae) August 9, 2014
You know what… RT @youngsinick: Selena Gomez as Suge Knight. #Lifetimecastings
— Shay La Vie. (@shaydechelle) August 9, 2014
"@jemelehill: Welp RT @NotherBrother: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: The Maya Angelou Story #LifetimeCastings pic.twitter.com/eb6QO2tITx"
— Miguel E. Swann (@KingE_88) August 10, 2014
Hilarious. But for those still skeptical about Dolabaille, here’s a video resume about Missy-to-be.