Jun 30, 2014 10:39AM

Aaliyah Biopic On Hold After Star Taps Out

Who should replace Zendaya Coleman in the lead?

The Lifetime Movie channel had cast its Aaliyah for the planned biopic on the late R&B singer, but slated star Zendaya Coleman has pulled out just two weeks following her casting announcement. The project has now been put on hold in lieu of a lead actress who can capture the Brooklyn R&B singer's 90s Timbaland steez. The question is: who could actually do it?

We'll throw a few suggestions into the mix.

1. Princess Nokia.
This Harlem native might not exactly have the pop appeal of Aaliyah in her own work as a recording artist, but she bears more than a striking resemblance to Aaliyah and in her lyrics and persona she puts out the same kind of conscious sexuality filtered via feminst strength that's reminiscent of Aaliyah's steez.

2. Cassie
At 27, Cassie might be a little long in the tooth to portray Aaliyah who was killed at age 22, however the girl can sing, she can dance, she is super gorgeous, and she's got great screen presence. Right, Step Up 2: The Streets?!

3. Willow Smith
Give her a couple of years. If she avoids the druggy trappings of child stardom it might just work out...

Meanwhile, Aaliyah's family is against the telemovie completely. This via New York Daily News:

"We want a major studio release along the lines of What's Love Got to Do with It, the Tina Turner movie," Jomo Hankerson, Aaliyah's cousin and president of her label, Blackground Records, told Daily News. "This needs A-list actors, A-list talent that can breathe life into what we think is a phenomenal story."

We're with Jomo.

Suz Tucker

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