Guess Who’s Playing Missy and Timbaland In The Lifetime Aaliyah Biopic?

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August 10, 2014 ‐ By Toya Sharee

lifetime casts actors to play missy and timbaland

The ”Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” Lifetime biopic hasn’t been the easiest movie to make. First, Aaliyah’s family was completely against the film and since have decided to pursue their own project. Pop star Zendaya was then cast to play late and great “Baby Girl” but met criticism due to her race and ability to play the part. She backed out of the film claiming that she wasn’t comfortable being a part of a project that Aaliyah’s family seemed so strongly against. Lifetime ultimately ended up casting Alexandra Shipp for the lead role and Wendy Williams jumped on board to produce.

Well, Lifetime is making progress and recently announced that actors have just been chosen to play Missy Elliot and Timbaland. The Wrap reports newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith have been cast to play Aaliyah’s most important musical mentors. Dolabaille is a Canadian singer/actress while Smith was a contender on “So You Think You Can Dance: Canada”.  He’s also appeared on “Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Mirror, Mirror” as a dancer.

In other cast news, Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis have been cast as Aaliyah’s parents Diane and Michael Haughton; Lyriq Bent as her uncle and president of her label, Barry Hankerson; Anthony Grant as Damon Dash; and A.J. Saudin and Jesse Sukunda will play the older and younger version of Aaliyah’s brother Rashad.

“Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” is based on the bestselling book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” by former Time music editor Christopher Farley.

I’m all for bringing some diversity to Hollywood and giving a new generation of actors and actresses a shot at the spotlight, but I don’t know if it’s in this movie’s best interest or if it’s the best honor to Aaliyah’s memory to create a whole cast of unknowns and newcomers. Let me be honest, I zoned out after Zendaya left.  I have some hope because Wendy Williams is involved, but I’m skeptical of how this is all going to work out.

Check out some footage of Izaak Smith as well as Chattrisse’s video resume below. Seems like a sweet girl, but I am not getting the “Missy” likeness at all:

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  • Simba711

    So Missy is now a light skinned, thin, half Asian lady? Just hire Jesse McCarthy to play R. Kelly! Speaking of Robert, where is he? He played an important role in her career. How can you make a movie about her without her actual music and without R. Kelly? SMH

    • B Cooper

      I hear Drake has been cast to play R. Kelly! Nah, just kidding but it would follow suit wouldn’t it?

  • Brice Taylor

    African Americans have been light skinned and biracial since we first came here in the 1700’s big deal. But we have always identified ourselves by CULTURE; HERITAGE; HISTORY; RACE and CONSCIOUSNESS not just color since we come in all shades and we all look different.

  • Dee

    but the guy playing timbaland is high yellow……. I don’t get it!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    After reading this, I still don’t “know” who’s playing Timberland and Missy in the Aaliyah biopic.

  • Stefanie

    WAIT A MINUET…..the MAN is going to play Missy Elliott? That is so disrespectful.

    • Lost Soul

      No. The lady is playing Missy.

  • demi

    the point is they are getting alot of publicity for this movie, they have people talkin about it, good or bad, its workin out for them…..so far. Except if no one watches

  • Trini_Angel

    This biopic seems forced and the cast hurriedly selected. Smh!!!

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  • Junebug123

    like I said biracials are not black and should not be playing black people. missy was dark and fat. maybe ej Johnson or amber riley should’ve played her. colorism all over again

    • jaydeejj

      Guess we have a white president then.

      • Junebug123

        yes you have a white president.0bama is the first biracial president and the 44th white president

        • jaydeejj

          Guarantee you when he was a young brown boy that people didn’t think he was white. I guarantee you if you showed someone a picture of him and they didn’t know who he was, they’d say he was black because of his brown skin. He can define himself however he wants. He looks black, so he (and the rest of the world) define him as black.

          • Junebug123

            Obama doesn’t look black. he looks like a light brown biracial. im from south Africa and ive seen a lot of coloureds that look like him. its not because he is light skin because there are light skin blacks that look black like Rihanna, oguchi onyenyu, Thomas sakras wife, graca machel, cora the model, chris brown, beyonce before plastic surgery, thando thabethe

            • jaydeejj

              Well guess, what in America, he’d be considered black and he would be treated as such…like he is.

              • Rodriguez

                He is black they don’t use that word colored anymore Obama would never be seen as anything but black. What does black look like anyway? Zoe Saldana looks black and has a black phenotype if you are going on that idea alone.

            • Cynthia Payne

              Junebug you need to read a book and get educated on what black is. Do you know what dominant and recessive genes are ? I don’t believe you do. I hope you wake up and get educated one day.Hopefully. SMDH

          • Simba711

            Well, the woman who gave birth to Obama was WHITE. That is a fact that cannot be changed. His mother was white. His DNA is half white. His late mother was born white and died white.

            • jaydeejj

              That does not matter. He’s still half black. People will always look at him and see a black man. I’m sure when he was younger, people didn’t look at him and say “well, he’s brown but his mom is white.” No. It doesn’t work like that in this country. If you’re brown because one of your parents is black, you will get treated as such. People won’t stop and say “he’s actually white/mixed.” It’s why so many people didn’t want to vote for him. Because he’s black/brown.

              • Simba711

                Yes, it matters. His mother is white. His father was black. That means he’s biracial. Obama was even raised by white people. His beloved grandparents. The world will never be perfect, but this is 2014, not 1814.

        • tatum635

          Preach!!! He’s not black he’s mixed. I’ll bet money that if he was dark skin/not mixed he wouldn’t be potus.

    • Rodriguez

      And black Hispanics are not Latin which is why they can never play Latin people.

      • Brice Taylor

        That’s because Latin people go by appearances more than anything else. They treat blacks who speak badly but since the spanish speaking blacks worship white skin they let the white Latino people get away with it.

        • B Cooper

          “That’s because Latin people go by appearances more than anything else. ”
          So do us Blacks/African-Americans, that is why we are commenting on this blog.

  • Guestest

    Is this a joke?

  • blogdiz

    The sad thing is Black people will watch even out of curiosity the ratings will soar and the disrespect marginalization will continue

  • KenHay

    This movie is going to be bad,not bad,meaning good!!!

  • StraightShooter

    I will not be watching this film. Other Black people should also boycott this film. We are the target audience and if we refuse to watch it will send a message.

  • voice of reason

    Let’s not have a Zendaya repeat. Just let these newcomers do their thing. Sheesh

  • dhgwen

    The media and Hollywood’s continued attempts to erase/minimize the presence of blacks of darker skin tones and blacks who are not biracial… especially when portraying our women on screen. Even though Missy and Tim are both their own beautiful shade of mocha brown. But they try to convince us that if the actors are all tan or part-black then there is no racism in Tinsel town, right? I’ll agree when they cast Terrence Howard in the next Elvis biopic.

    • KenHay

      Facts!!!

    • Rodriguez

      They do that all the time when it comes to Latin actors all of the biggest and best Latin actresses and actors have to look Latin. That is light/white skin/Spanish features and straight black hair. Just take a look at all the top Latin people in the industry if you don’t believe me. They are either half white or the lightest most Spanish looking Latins you can find.

  • Taj

    I don’t think timberland is too bad, it’s ok but missy?…. I guess with make up, fat suit, voice over, uuuhhh how bout no, I’m sure she’s talented but not for this role.

    • Chanda

      I was thinking Loni Love but with the way you’re talking they could’ve picked Eddie Murphy to play Missy’s part. We all look alike anyway *sarcasm.

      • Taj

        Lol Eddie has played women b4.

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  • JustSteph

    MISSY ELLIOT!? Who is the casting director!? That’s it I’m a straight woman.. but i’ll play Damon Dash. I mean we’re both black.

    Why is this movie still happening?

  • IllyPhilly

    I was on board with this, but as I took time to think I started wanting to know why is this even getting made. What do fans really expect from this that Behind the Music didn’t cover?

    • ksmall

      Excellent point…

  • Mimi

    I hope that either movie will be as horrible as Flex Alexander’s MJ biopic years ago. I think that the Lifetime movie will have more of the grit and mess. gossip attached. I think that the family movie will be sugar sweet with touching and filled with triumphs..which is ok. To be honest I always felt that the family never wanted a movie made ever. We will see if one is made. I wish her family the best.

    • Mimi

      I meant to say “Won’t be as horrible

    • Iza M.

      The family, I mean the mother and brother, indeed don’t want any movie. The “family” behind the second movie is Aaliyah’s greedy uncle Barry Hankerson. He’s not even on speaking terms with the Haughtons, he just want to make $$$…

    • donna

      That was SOO disrespectful to Michael.

  • alex

    Someone need to be fired cauuuuse….this ain’t right lol

  • BayouBelleVee

    This is going to be hot garbage!

  • cantcommittoahairstyle

    Then they should cast me to play her brother since they are picking anybody.

    • Zina Gray

      Lmmfao! I love it @cantcommittoahairstyle

  • uniquefashionista

    All I can say is that I can’t wait to see how this will all turn out.

  • lex

    This is slowly turning into a comedy..

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