UPDATED: Former Disney Star Zendaya Confirmed For Lead Role In Aaliyah Biopic
The internet has been buzzing all day ever since the news of Zendaya Coleman being confirmed as the lead role for the new Aaliyah biopic, which is set to air on Lifetime. The 17 year old took to twitter to express how much Aaliyah has been an influence on her career and how she hopes to do the late R&B songstress justice. 106 & Park co host Keisha Chante was also another candidate for the role after she revealed through her social media that she had auditioned for the role. Prior to her job over at BET she has auditioned to play Aaliyah in other projects, but it looks like Zendaya will be taking it this time around.
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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 (@Zendaya) June 16, 2014
Show how much she accomplished in only 22 years….she’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her — Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 16, 2014
I’m just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations #positive
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 17, 2014
Do you think Zendaya will make a great Aaliyah?
Theybf recently spoke with the director of the upcoming film, Twinkie Byrd she had this to say :
Zendaya embodies everything you want in a Actress to play Aaliyah. She is a Poised, Professional, STRONG Actress (studied at California Shakespeare Theater and American Conservatory Theater). A Triple Threat Actor, Singer Dancer. She LOVES AALIYAH and will do a Wonderful Job! She is of mixed ethnicity. Her name is Bantu (Zimbabwe) meaning To Give Thanks.
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