Producers had to scramble when original star Zendaya pulled out of the project last month. Now filming’s back on track to start later this month according to talk show host and author Wendy Williams, who first tweeted the Shipp news this morning along with the announcement that she’s boarded the film as executive producer alongside Debra M. Chase.
Aaliyah was killed at age 22 in a 2001 plane crash as she was returning to the U.S. after recording a music video in the Bahamas. At the time she was on the ascent from music stardom to a burgeoning acting career in films like Romeo Must Die and Queen Of The Damned, the latter of which was released posthumously. Project is adapted from bestseller Aaliyah: More Than A Woman by former Time magazine music editor Christopher Farley.