More than a decade since her passing, late R&B singer Aaliyah’s life will be portrayed by actress Zendaya Coleman in a biopic called Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. #AaliyahBiopic
According to reports, the film is based off a best-selling biography of the hitmaker.
This film, tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will be based off of Christopher Farley‘s best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. The film is being produced by Aaliyah Productions Inc., with Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries) serving as executive producers. Bradley Walsh (Turn the Beat Around) will direct from a script written by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar). (The Hollywood Reporter)
The Disney Channel star confirmed her new movie role on Twitter this week.
“She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her,” Zendaya tweeted June 16. (Zendaya’s Twitter)
The singer’s boyfriend Dame Dash posted a photo hugging her during his Roc days onto Instagram last Thursday (June 12).
“Nothing better then laughing with your chick #trulove #misshereveryday #thebestthateverdidit,” Dame captioned to the photo. (Dame Dash’s Instagram)
A few years ago, Young Money rapper Drake credited Aaliyah for inspiring his career.
“Aaliyah has probably had the most impact on my career because when I made a choice to start singing, it was because of something my father had told me, which was, ‘There’s no rapper out there that sings and raps and does both things well.’ And he’s like, ‘In order to be successful, you’re going to need something other than what everyone else is doing. So when I started singing — I was rapping already at the time so I had an identity in rap but when I started singing, I needed something to reference…I didn’t ever want it to be a male because then I would sound like that person, so I just found comfort in all of Aaliyah’s music. And her melody choices and the things she talks about and how she conveyed these amazing emotions but she never got too sappy. She always kept it ‘G.'” (Soul Culture)