‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ has gained two new cast members and many more Twitter complaints.
Lifetime’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic has found itself the subject of a casting controversy once again, as the actors playing Missy Elliot and Timbaland have been announced. Newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith will be starring as the two hip hop stars who played a vital role in the late singer’s career. But with the Twitterverse already voicing their disproval, lets meet ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’s’ newest cast members.
Chattrisse Dolabaille has been cast as Missy Elliot
The casting of Lifetime’s ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ hasn’t exactly gone smoothly. Originally, Disney star Zendaya Coleman was tipped to play the tragic singer back in June. But as soon as the 17 year old’s name was announced the movie was hit with criticism from those who felt Zendaya just wasn't right for the part. Whether it was because of her age or appearance, the choice of Zendaya just didn't sit well with Aaliyah’s fans. Eventually the actress pulled out of movie, but instead of bowing to her critics, she citied production problems for her departure. In her place, Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp was brought in to fill the lead role.
Now the latest new cast members to feel the wrath of the Twitterverse are Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith, who will be playing Missy Elliot and Timberland. Some have complained that Dolabaille isn't exactly a good physical match for Missy due to the actress’s smaller frame and lighter skin tone, while Izaak Smith has also been criticised for not looking enough like the super producer.
As for their acting credentials, ‘Princess of R’n’B’ is the first big role for both the multi talented performers. Born in Canada, Chattrisse Dolabaille lists herself as a singer, dancer and actress, with plenty of experience in all three fields. Prior to her casting, Chattrisse has mostly worked on stage in small Canadian productions, including a Toronto staging of ‘High School Musical 2’. She also worked on a dance show called Identity and acted alongside puppets in a play which toured elementary schools. As for her musical background Chattrisse started early, taking singing lessons aged at six before releasing her first single ‘Take a Deep Breath’ in 2009.
Also hailing from Canada, 25 year old Izaak Smith is the more experienced of the two. He’s had small roles in movies and TV shows, including Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Marmaduke. Also a dancer, in 2008 he competed on the first series of the Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance, placing in the Top 6.
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