Zendaya took to Twitter to post a long-winded explanation/inspirational speech, which may or may not have been related to her role as Aaliyah.
Zendaya Coleman will play Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime original movie and there’s nothing the critics can do about it. When the singer/actress/Dancing with the Stars alumna was first slated to play the iconic performer, the backlash was swift and terrible. On Monday, Lifetime revealed that the emerging actress will portray Aaliyah, despite the five-year age difference between 17-year-old Zendaya and the hip hop icon at the time of her tragic death. The young star is excited to portray someone, who influenced her life and career in such a profound way.
Disney Starlet Zendaya Coleman is excited to play one of her idols.
On Monday, she tweered a series of tweets, expressing her gratitude for the role and her admiration for Aaliyah. Friends and fans also joined in the chorus of support, defending Zendaya against the criticism and praising her as “talented” and “hardworking.”
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
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— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 16, 2014
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
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— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 16, 2014
Tentatively titled, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, the upcoming biopic will be based off of Christopher Farley's best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. The made-for-TV-movie will follow Aaliyah's journey from her debut on Star Search to her rise to fame and, finally, her tragic passing. The movie is scheduled to film this summer and premiere on Lifetime in fall 2014.
I'm just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations #positive— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 17, 2014
The singer was discovered dead on Thursday morning.
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