By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Weeks ago it was nothing but drama after Lifetime revealed Disney star Zendaya Coleman would play Aaliyah in an upcoming biopic, but it was later confirmed she would no longer be starring in the film.
Some speculate harsh criticism regarding her being biracial may have played a role in Zendaya stepping down but her camp claimed in a statement that she was walking away because Aaliyah’s family didn’t support the film and refused to secure rights for the singer’s music to be used.
Interestingly enough, yet another up and coming biracial actress has been chosen for the part and Wendy Williams was the one to break the news because she’s actually the executive producer. She tweets:
Wendy also posted a first look of Alexandra as Aaliyah to her Facebook page:
Alexandra Shipp is a beauty and she’s made no secret that her mother is white:
Do you think Alexandra being biracial could become a problem like it did for Zendaya or will people be more accepting this time around?