Lifetime Network has finally confirmed rumours that an Aaliyah biopic is on the cards by revealing that Zendaya Coleman will take the lead in the movie about the late star’s life.

Titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, the film is scheduled for release in September and filming is currently underway.

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is based on the best-selling book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, which was penned by Christopher Farley. It tells the story of how Aaliyah became one of the world’s biggest R&B stars, selling millions of records and earning a Grammy nomination for her hit song Try Again.

The film is being produced by Aaliyah Productions Inc, with Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries) serving as executive producers. Bradley Walsh (Turn the Beat Around) will direct from a script written by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar).

Lead actress Zendaya is known for her role in Disney’s Shake It Up!. A singer, Zendaya, has become a fashion icon of late for her classic and unique sense of style. The teen tweeted her joy over clinching the role.

“She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her. 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. I’m just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations,” she tweeted.

SOURCE: Billboard