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Aaliyah biopic coming to Lifetime

Aaliyah biopic coming to Lifetime

A film about the tragically short life of R&B singer Aaliyah has been rumored for years.

Now comes word that Lifetime is prepping a biopic of the late singer and actress who died in a 2001 plane crash at the apex of her fame. The film is tentatively titled “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.”

Disney star Zendaya Coleman will play the singer-actress affectionately known as “Baby Girl.” The 17-year-old stars on Disney’s “Shake It Up!” and released her self-titled debut last year. Coleman also competed on “Dancing With the Stars.”

The film is based on the bestseller “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” by former...