Lifetime to Debut ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ November 15
Lifetime’s Original Movie, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, starring Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as the beloved actress and music sensation, is set to premiere Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT. The two-hour movie event is executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, and based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley.
Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.
Multi-talented actress and singer/songwriter Alexandra Shipp starred as KT Rush in the Nickelodeon series House of Anubis. Additional credits include the upcoming film Drumline 2: A New Beat, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Ray Donovan, Victorious, Switched at Birth and Awkward. Shipp is currently filming Universal Pictures’ Straight Outta Compton.
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B also stars Rachael Crawford (The Man) and Sterling Jarvis (The Sentinel) as Aaliyah’s parents Diane and Mike Haughton; A.J. Saudin (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton; and Lyriq Bent (Saw IV) as her uncle and music manager Barry Hankerson. The film also stars Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith (Mirror, Mirror) as Timbaland, Elise Neal (The Soul Man) as Gladys Knight and Chattrisse Dolabaille (Home Away) as Missy Elliot. Shipp takes on the role after Disney Channel’s Zendaya bowed out on the part.
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