Aaliyah’s Family is Upset about Lifetime’s Biopic!



Fans are not the only ones not thrilled about Lifetime creating Aaliyah’s biopic staring Zendaya Coleman of Disney; reports have recently surfaced that the Aaliyah’s family is very upset and plans to take action.
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The family of R&B singer Aaliyah are not happy about this recent announcement either. Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, recently spoke with TMZ on behalf of the family and he says that they’re extremely upset over it all.

For starters, Barry says that no one from the network even bothered to contact the family about the film. The other issue, according to Barry, is that while the family is not opposed to there being a film highlighting Aaliyah’s life, they feel that a made-for-television film is much too small for someone as big as Aaliyah. As a result, Barry says the family will do everything within their power to halt the release of this film. He adds that they have already hired a lawyer regarding this matter.

Representatives on behalf of Lifetime have yet to respond to the family’s reaction. The internet blew up when it was announced that Disney starlet Zendaya Coleman was picked to play the role as a Aaliyah. Casting director Twinkie Byrd told The YBF the following about why Zendaya was chosen for the role,

“Zendaya embodies everything you want in an Actress to play Aaliyah. “She is a Poised, Professional, STRONG Actress (studied at California Shakespeare Theater and American Conservatory Theater). A Triple Threat Actor, Singer Dancer. She LOVES AALIYAH and will do a Wonderful Job! She is of mixed ethnicity. Her name is Bantu (Zimbabwe) meaning ‘To Give Thanks.’”


The family is not opposed to the biopic they just want it to be made for the big screen. I am sure more information will be coming down the pipeline. Stay Tuned!

Spotted @Madame Noire.


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