By: Alea J., Curl News Correspondent
Was it the power of social media, Aaliyah’s family or production issues that caused Zendaya Coleman to ‘back out’ of the new Lifetime biopic? Less than two weeks after we received the news about the original Disney star, Zendaya, being casted to play the superstar she opts out of the movie stating, “"I'm just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations." The news came as a shock to the social media scene. Comments such as her age, experience level, and level of ‘blackness’ came into play. A large majority of the public made comments stating that the biracial teenager was not “black enough” to play the ‘4 page Letter’ and ‘Rock the Boat’ star, Aaliyah.
In addition to the outcry of disapproval from fans Aaliyah's cousin and president of her label, Jomo Hankerson (Blackground Records) also resounded with disapproval and many suggestions as to how his late cousin should be portrayed. Hankerson states that the family was not contacted nor consulted about the efforts to produce the film. Hankerson believes the movie is a big screen type of film and the achievements and legacy of the singer/actress should be presented in a light comparable to Tina Turner’s “What’s love got to do with it”.
The film was set to begin recording this summer and air sometime in the fall. In order to hire a new star and better prepare production issues the film has been pushed back. The biopic will include Aaliyah’s marriage to superstar R&B singer R. Kelly and monumental events that resulted in her 2002 demise at 22 years old. Although Zendaya will not play Aaliyah, there is still more to see from the star who has an album in storesand just starred in Zapped, an original movie. The superstar may not be acting as the role of Aaliyah, but she showcased impeccable Aaliyah swag at the 2012 BET Awards. Was this just a part of the fabulous style that Zendaya is often laced in or a statement to the public of her abilities to pull off whatever she sees fit? Check out the fun-n-flirty outfit in the fashion section of HoneyBeNatural.com to see her daring blue ensemble.
Were you amped about Zendaya’s role in the film, tentatively titled, "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."? Was her fashion a hit or a miss?