(AllHipHop News) It was just two weeks ago that Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman was named as the leading lady in an upcoming Aaliyah movie on Lifetime. The actress/singer is now no longer participating in the production.
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“Because it’s someone that I honor and I respect so much, it has to be 128 percent, especially for all her fans, including myself,” said Zendaya at the BET Awards. “I didn’t feel like it was all the way there, so I didn’t want to do that. And when the time comes when it’s done right and it’s 100 percent, by all means, I will be the first person there ready to go.”
The Lifetime network confirmed Zendaya’s departure from the biopic via Twitter.
We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.
— LifetimePR (@LifetimeTV_PR) June 29, 2014
Aaliyah’s family has expressed their dissatisfaction with the One In A Million performer’s life being depicted in a television movie. Her cousin and president of Blackground Records recently said he felt Aaliyah deserved a major motion picture to be made about her.
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