The Aaliyah biopic is back on with a new star, Alexandra Shipp who replaced Zendaya Coleman who quit a few weeks ago. In a series of instagram videos Zendaya gave us the 411 behind why she chose to leave the film. She said it was not because she was not talented enough or black enough, but rather:
“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,”
She said she did not feel ‘morally ok” with moving on with the project especially after she was not able to get in contact with any of Aaliyah’s family members.
“Basically, I just felt that because I love her, and because I respect her so much as an artist, I don’t want to do anything that’s half or anything that’s less for her. I felt like some things with the production weren’t all the way there, the project wasn’t all the way there. If I’m going to do something for someone I care about so much, I have to do it the right way.”
She did offer congratulations to her replacement and said she hoped that she is not met with as much backlash as she (Zendaya) was met with during her brief stint as the potential star. The movie is executive produced by Wendy Williams and is due to have started production in the summer with a premier in the fall.
We agree, the movie should not be half done, Aaliyah has alot of fans and we all want to see her movie done in the most respectful and honorable way possible so hopefully they know what they are doing and take their time with this one. We wish the new start good luck and wait to see how this all turns out.