Meet The New Girl: Alexandra Shipp Will Play Aaliyah In Lifetime Biopic, Wendy Williams To Exec Produce

July 18, 2014  |  

It looks like the Aaliyah biopic will not be stopped. And there are some even more interesting developments coming to the Lifetime movie.

Just a few hours ago, talk show host Wendy Williams announced that she would be coming on board with the project as executive producer and actress Alexandra Shipp will play the title role. You may know Shipp for her role in the television show “House of Anubis” where she plays KT Rush or “Ray Donovan” where she’s made an appearance as the character Tiffany. She’s also set to star in the Drumline sequel, Drumline 2: A New Beat, which will air on VH1.

Shipp will replace Zendaya Coleman, who dropped out of the film because she said the production quality was subpar .

That was just three weeks ago. But Lifetime was on move and they’ve found her replacement.

But let’s be real. Shipp, 23, is not exactly an A-list actress…yet And while I’m sure this is an exciting moment for her, the same issues that surrounded Coleman being cast to play Aaliyah will most likely plague Shipp as well.

Her casting doesn’t do anything to soothe the family’s concerns about the movie not being a feature film or the fact that they were not consulted initially. And then there’s the R-Kelly thing, which Lifetime said they are going to include.

With Lifetime replacing Zendaya so quickly, the network could still be on track to finish shooting this summer and air the film in the fall.

Wendy Williams joins Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries and Sparkle) who are also serving as executive producers.

The script, based on the best seller Aaliyah: More Than A Woman by Christopher Farley, was written by Michael Elliot, who also wrote Brown Sugar. 

What do you think about this new casting choice? Do you think things will be easier for Alexandra than they were for Zendaya? And are you surprised Wendy signed on?

Sound off.

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