Lifetime Announces Release Date for Aaliyah TV Biopic [Pics]


The Lifetime tv biopic on the life of the late R&B star Aaliyah has been the topic of discussion for months now.

Between drama surrounding the casting for Aaliyah role, the singer’s family petitioning the movie, and the odd choice of actors for the roles of Missy and Timbaland, its surprising to find out the controversial flick is already set to hit screens on November 15th.

Via LA Times:

Lifetime has set a date for its Aaliyah biopic.


“Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” will premiere Nov. 15, the network announced Thursday. Lifetime also released a new still from the film showing Alexandra Shipp as the late R&B star.

Lifetime’s original movie about the singer’s life, including her rise and tragic death in a 2001 plane crash at the apex of her fame, has been controversial. When the network announced the project over the summer there was a backlash from the singer’s fans and family.


Fans protested the casting of Disney star Zendaya Coleman in the role of the singer-actress affectionately known as Baby Girl. Numerous petitions even popped up online.

A few weeks after Coleman’s casting was announced, the singer-actress backed out of the film. In interviews she said the film felt rushed.


Shipp, best known for starring in the Nickelodeon series “House of Anubis,” stepped in to replace Coleman.

The film is based on the bestseller “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” by former Time magazine music editor Christopher Farley, released a few months after her death.

Lifetime also has a biopic on Whitney Houston in the works.

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