Lifetime switched from Disney to Nickelodeon to find their newest star of the Aaliyah biopic. Alexandra Shipp of Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis has now been snagged to play the late singer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Shipp is replacing actress and singer Zendaya Coleman, who was originally chosen to play Aaliyah but backed out of the project late last month. “It has to be done 120 percent, so I felt like it wasn’t there, so it just wasn’t a good choice for me,” she said when she stepped down from the role. Production is now off hold and the film, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, is set to begin shooting this summer and hit the small screens this fall. The script is based off the book Aaliyah: More than a Woman by Christopher Farley. Shipp is not the only addition. Wendy Williams took to Twitter Friday (July 18) to announce her role as the flick’s executive producer.
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