Meet the New Actress That Will Play Aaliyah in Lifetime's Upcoming Biopic

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Now that Zendaya Coleman is out of the upcoming Lifetime Aaliyah biopic, there's a new actress in.

Nickelodeon's Alexandra Shipp will play the late R&B singer in the network's TV movie, following the "Shake it Up" star's exit from the project. Wendy Williams, who is executive producing the flick, first announced the news on her talk show and then on Twitter.

"I'm excited to exec produce the Aaliyah @lifetimetv movie w/ @DebraMChase. Prod starts later this month and @AlexShipppp will play Aaliyah," she tweeted. Alexandra, 23, has been featured on Ray Donovan, Nickelodeon's Hose of Anubis and Awkward, among other shows.

Zendaya announced last month that she had been selected for the role, but just a couple of weeks later, she signed off of the project, with the Disney star saying she didn't feel like the project was solid enough to fully represent Aaliyah's legacy.

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will resume filming this summer with a fall premiere date in the works, according to E! Online. The script is based on the book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, by Christopher Farley, which documented Aaliyah's rise to stardom and her tragic passing in a plane crash.

What do you think about Lifetime's new choice for the role? Is Alexandra a good fit? Tell us in the comments.
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