An Aaliyah movie is finally coming, but did casting directors pick the right actress to play the late R&B star? A&E Television Networks is readying an original Lifetime movie that will be based on Christopher John Farley’s book “Aaliyah: More Than A Woman, “Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B,” with Disney channel actress Zendaya playing the lead role.
I'm just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations #positive
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 17, 2014
Aaliyah was 22 years old at the time of her death in 2001, but she’s left a permanent mark on culture. Drake, an avid fan, has Aaliyah’s face tattooed on his back and last year he attempted to work on an album that would feature her unreleased music. The backlash he received was swift, and so far there have been no more words on it.
So, did Lifetime make the right choice? Fans had plenty to say about it:
Some congratulations were in order
Am I the only one who's not upset that Zendaya got the role of Aaliyah? True.
— Laci (@itsillmatic) June 17, 2014
Love how @Zendaya will play the role of Aaliyah. She seems like such a humble soul who represents Oakland well.
— ℳýa ℳelody (@MyaMelody7) June 17, 2014
i feel like i'm gonna fall in love with her as aaliyah. RT @_JazzMarie: Zendaya so cute!
— BeyonCG* (@CrysGarris) June 16, 2014
And there was plenty of outrage
But I'm not sure how and why anyone looked at Zendaya and thought 'Yes…you'd be perfect for Aaliyah.'
— DavidGrapeJuice (@DavidGrapeJuice) June 16, 2014
I like Zendaya enough, but idk if I can see her as Aaliyah…
— moganndavid (@mdaniford) June 16, 2014
Zendaya was on the Disney Channel show "Shake it Up" I will say I NEVER saw her as an Aaliyah…
— Baeyoncé (@OriginallyKiki) June 16, 2014
I don't agree with Zendaya Coleman playing Aaliyah. I think Keshia Chante or Lolita Price were better choices
— Jun Kazama ☮ (@McLovinGod) June 17, 2014
Like Zendaya is beautiful and can dance but like…I don't think her playing Aaliyah was the right choice..
— Zaria (@ZariaLinton) June 17, 2014
Let me be honest right quick @Zendaya should not be able to play Aaliyah she doesnt even resemble her at all wtf
— Me. I Am NoahLamar (@NoahLamar) June 16, 2014
s/o to @Zendaya for gettin the part of Aaliyah in her movie
I can't really see Zendaya portraying Aaliyah that well, but we shall see.
— jamal (@surfbortx) June 17, 2014
I like Zendaya but she looks absolutely nothing like Aaliyah. Not okay.
— Perissa York (@PerissaYork) June 17, 2014
Okay so Zendaya is playing Aaliyah I guess I so it but I do think Solange was a much better fit I'm just saying
— Ant-w/style (@AntJax6) June 17, 2014