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[09/18/14 - 11:13 AM]
"Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B" Starring Alexandra Shipp as the Beloved Superstar Premieres November 15
The film also stars Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith as Timbaland, Elise Neal as Gladys Knight and Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliot.

[08/11/14 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 11
Updates include: Ed Harris is latest bound for HBO's "Westworld"; Patti LaBelle to guest on FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show"; and Michael Rady to visit The CW's "Jane the Virgin."

[07/18/14 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 18
Updates include: The CW's "Hart of Dixie" to return for just 10 episodes; Alexandra Shipp to lead Lifetime's "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B"; Wentworth Miller cast as Captain Cold on The CW's "The Flash."

[06/30/14 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Monday, June 30
Updates include: FOX rescinds series order for "Hieroglyph"; Zendaya bows out of Lifetime's biopic "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B"; and Laurie Holden cast in TNT's potential "Major Crimes" spin-off.

[06/16/14 - 01:09 PM]
Zendaya to Star and Perform in Lifetime Original Movie "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" (WT)
Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah's songs for the film, including many of her hit singles.







AALIYAH: PRINCESS OF R&B (LIFETIME)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
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STATUS:
telefilm/mini-series greenlighted
DESCRIPTION:
(from Lifetime's press release, June 2014) Platinum-selling recording artist Zendaya (Shake It Up!, Dancing with the Stars) will portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime Original Movie about the life of the actress and R&B sensation who, at the height of her stardom, tragically died in a plane crash. Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah's songs for the film, including many of her hit singles. Based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher Farley, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B (wt), the first movie about the beloved artist, will be filmed this summer and premiere in the Fall. Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed "street but sweet" Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. But behind the spotlight, Brooklyn-born, Detroit-raised Aaliyah Dana Haughton struggled to succeed in a tough business while staying grounded in the midst of her growing celebrity. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer's inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard's tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry's most successful artists in history.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah
· Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliott
· Izaak Smith as Timbaland
· Zendaya Coleman as Aaliyah (Originally Cast)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Bradley Walsh as DIR
· Christopher Farley as BOOK
· Debra Martin Chase as EP
· Howard Braunstein as EP
· Michael Elliot as WRTR
GENRE(S):
· based on a book
· mow
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Aaliyah Productions