Disney Channel star Zendaya has been cast as late vocalist Aaliyah for an upcoming Lifetime movie. CNN reported that the film will be based on a biography of “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” written by Time magazine music editor Christopher Farley.
Aaliyah’s death was a tragedy and troubled the industry for quite some time. At 22-years-old she and members of her T.V. crew were killed in a plane accident in 2001. Her impact has left a permanent mark on the hearts of many. Drake even has Aaliyah’s face tattooed to his back, and he has worked on an album in an attempt to showcase her music that was never released, according to MTV.
Passion runs strong at the mention of Aaliyah, which is why the public was so adamant about finding the most suitable actress to play the role. Feelings have been mixed since the announcement of the casting. Zendaya has been praised as a “humble soul” who will represent Aaliyah well, and others have scorned the decision saying Zendaya “doesn’t even resemble her at all,” according to MTV.
Of course not everyone is going to agree, and the only real opinion that matters is Zendaya’s, which she had no problem expressing in recent tweets.
“She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her…. She’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven #babygirl #forever #OneInAMillion,” Zendaya tweeted.
The film is set to release in the fall, so fingers are crossed that Zendaya can honor Aaliyah and show all the fans that she is more than just a 17-year-old “Shake It Up!” Disney star.