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It looks like singer-actress Zendaya Coleman will be starring in the role of Aaliyah in VH1’s upcoming biopic.

Filming starts in a few weeks, and the movie is set to premiere in September. 

From Nicole Bitchie:

According to our sources, sweet faced singer/actress Zendaya Coleman has snagged the role of Aaliyah (who was affectionately-known as ‘baby girl’) in a biopic which is set to debut on VH1 later this year.

Back in September, Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson let the cat out of the bag that a biopic was in the works, and soon after, whispers of a casting call made it’s way online.  BET host Keisha Chante, who has been lobbying for the role for years, even alluded to her Facebook fans that she tried out for the part, but it was Zendaya who ended up coming out on top.

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Producers of the Nina Simone biopic received a wave of backlash after casting Zoe Saldana in the lead role. We wonder if the same thing will happen in this case seeing as though Coleman doesn’t quite resemble the late R&B singer.

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