The First Trailer for Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic Is Finally Here: Watch!

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Get ready to see more of what's in store on the upcoming Aaliyah biopic.

About a week after Lifetime debuted the teaser for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, the network released a 30-second trailer for the TV movie, which shows Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp portraying the late singer in her signature shades, crop top, belted fatigues and Timberlands.

In the clip, Alexandra dances, sings, signs autographs and has a serious sit down with her mom, who tells her, "it takes more than some hot producer to create a superstar. It takes the right artist."

Instead of Aaliyah's own music, Iggy Azalea's "Goddess" is featured on the trailer, which caused a stir with fans who sounded off on Twitter after watching it. "I wasn't mad about the Aaliyah biopic but "featuring music from Iggy Azalea" ? Hold me back," one fan tweeted, according to DazedDigital.com.

The music switch up shouldn't come as too much of a surprise though, considering Aaliyah's family (who weren't fans of the Lifetime biopic) refused to license any of the singer's famous songs for the movie's soundtrack, according to TheGrio.com.

The starring role originally went to Zendaya, who quickly dropped out of the project in June after receiving criticism from Aaliyah's fans that she wasn't right for the part.

The former Shake It Up! star later said she didn't leave the film because of that pressure, but because of the quality of the film instead. "Let me just explain something, the reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn't do it, I wasn't talented enough, or I wasn't black enough," she said in a set of Instagram videos.

"The main reasons were the production value wasn't there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn't being handled delicately considering the situation...Therefore, I felt not really morally okay with moving forward with the project."

The film is based on Christopher Farley's book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, which depicts Aaliyah's life story. It is set to premiere Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.

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