Alexandra Shipp Cast as Aaliyah: 5 Things to Know About Her
Get your DVRs ready, the Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic is back in action.
After Zendaya decided to leave the project in June, the network announced it was going to take a break from production.
We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.
— LifetimePR (@LifetimeTV_PR) June 29, 2014
It was confirmed on Friday morning that Alexandra Shipp is set to take Zendaya’s place. Wendy Williams also tweeted she will be joining the project as well.
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is set to continue filming this summer and premiere this fall on Lifetime. While we are very excited to see the project back in action, we’re left wondering: who is Alexandra Shipp? Here are 5 things you need to know about the upcoming star.
1. She was born on July 16, 1991 … which means she turned 23 just days before nabbing her life-changing role
2. In 2009, she had her first film role as Valentina in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and has been a guest actress on shows such as Awkward, Switched at Birth, Victorious, and Ray Donovan
3. She loves to have fun with her friends
— Alexandra Shipp (@AlexShipppp) March 23, 2014
4. She loves cute animal photos as much as the rest of us!
— Alexandra Shipp (@AlexShipppp) November 18, 2013