- Jul 28, 2012
Lifetime has released the first teaser for its highly anticipated movie, "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B."
The 16-second clip, which was posted on the networks Facebook page Friday, features Alexandra Shipp dancing while dressed in the late R&B star's signature look of crop top and baggy pants.
Shipp, 23, took over the role after Zendaya Coleman dropped out earlier this summer. The Disney Channel star said she left the project because she didnt feel morally okay about portraying Aaliyah since the singer's family didnt approve of the film.
Jomo Hankerson, Aaliyahs cousin and president of her label, Blackground Records, told the Daily News in June that they felt the star deserved a more high-profile vehicle with A-list actors (and) A-list talent that can breathe life into what we think is a phenomenal story.
Talk show host Wendy Williams, one of the movie's executive producers, recently defended the project.
"In my opinion, TV trumps motion picture," she said. "Lifetime will play the movie over and over. TV is the way to get your story told."
Along with Shipp, the Lifetime movie also stars newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith as rapper Missy Elliott and hit producer Timbaland, respectively.