After announcing a biopic of late singer Whitney Houston, Lifetime is adding another movie about a fallen pop star to its schedule.
The network is set to make a film about the life of Aaliyah, the R&B singer who died in 2001, featuring current Disney star Zendaya Coleman in the title role. Coleman -- who professionally goes by only her first name, just like Aaliyah -- is the star of Disney Channel series "Shake it Up!," and last year completed a stint on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." In addition to her similar choice of moniker, Coleman is also a singer, scoring a million-selling single from her 2013 self-titled debut album.
Aaliyah was just 22 when she died in a plane crash in the Bahamas after shooting a music video there. During her short lifetime, she frequently topped the charts with hits like "Try Again" and "Are You That Somebody," and had also embarked on a burgeoning career as an actress, starring in 2000's "Romeo Must Die" and 2002's "Queen of the Damned."
Lifetime's biopic will be based on a bestselling book about the late singer, "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman," by Christopher Farley. The movie has been tentatively titled "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."
Director Bradley Walsh ("Turn the Beat Around") is helming the project, and "Brown Sugar" scribe Michael Elliot is penning the screenplay. No word on a premiere date yet.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]