STARRING ROLE: Zendaya Coleman will play Aaliyah in a new film
DISNEY ACTRESS Zendaya Coleman will take on the role of Aaliyah in an upcoming biopic about the late singer’s life.
The film comes 13 years after the Try Again star tragically died in a plane crash, aged just 22.
The film, which will be created for the Lifetime Channel, is reportedly titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B and will be based on Christopher Farley's best-selling autobiography, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.
Coleman tweeted about her excitement at being cast to play "one of [her] biggest inspirations."
ROLE MODEL: Late R&B singer Aaliyah
"She's been an inspiration and influence in my whole career," she said. "Her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honoured her (and) show how much she accomplished in only 22 years."
"She's beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven #babygirl #forever #OneInAMillion," she added.
The 17-year-old, who stars in Disney Channel's Shake it Up, brings more than just her acting skills to the role. She is also a singer, having released her self-titled debut in 2013. The first single sold more than one million copies.
It seems Lifetime is loading up on R&B biopics, after the network recently announced they had started work on film based on the life of the late Whitney Houston.
Former America’s Next Top Model contestant, Yaya DeCosta will play Houston and veteran actress Angela Bassett will be making her directorial debut.