Zendaya Quits Aaliyah Biopic
When we got word two weeks ago that Zendaya would be taking on the role of beloved '90s R&B star Aaliyah in Lifetime's made-for-TV biopic, we got pretty excited. If anyone could handle the part, it's the girl who already idolized the late singer and has the pipes to go along with the passion. But just as we were on the edge of our seats waiting for filming to begin, we got another surprising announcement: The Zapped actress would no longer be the lead, and the movie might be put on hold altogether. So what's the reason for the sudden change of plans? There are a lot of theories going around, including Aaliyah's family not wanting the film to be produced in the first place, but Zendaya has her own explanation. "I just felt the project wasn't 100 percent there. I feel [that] production wise everything just felt a little rushed," she told MTV. "And I think because she's someone I admire and I love so much, it can't be done halfway, or not to the standards I think it should be done at, so I just decided not to do it. By all means, when the right project comes along and it's done the right way I'll be the first person ready to play Aaliyah, but this wasn't the right one for me. I've been into Aaliyah since I was little, so there wasn't too much getting into character. I always pretend I'm her anyway." Even though we were really, really excited to see Zendaya take such a huge role, we totally understand why she decided not to go through with it—especially if the film didn't have the blessing of Aaliyah's family. It's very clear she respects the late musician a lot, and if backing out was what she felt was right, we stand behind her 100 percent.