In a plot line twist, singer/actress Zendaya has stepped down from the lead role in the Aaliyah biopic. While the public had much to say about Lifetime’s casting decisions, the Disney starlet revealed her reasoning for pulling out of the project at the 2014 BET Awards. “I feel like there were certain things that were missing and things that weren’t 100 percent taken care of,” said Zendaya. “I feel like if I’m going to portray one of my idols and someone that I feel so important and strongly about, it has to be done right. 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.”
We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.
— LifetimePR (@LifetimeTV_PR) June 29, 2014
The network announced that production has since been put on hold.