Aaliyah Lifetime Biopic Casts Timbaland, Missy Elliott Roles

Amid criticism, the Lifetime movie fills out the empty spots in its cast.

Following the casting of Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah in a Lifetime biopic about the singer, the runners of the film cast Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith as Missy Elliott and Timbaland, according to The Wrap.

The publication refers to Dolabaille as a newcomer from Canada who is an actress, singer and dancer. Smith is a former contestant on So You Think You Can Dance? Canada and has appeared in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as per the publication.

Beyond these role, the producers of the film have also reportedly cast Rachel Crawford as Alliyah’s mother Diane Haughton and Sterling Jarvis as the singer’s father, Michael Haughton. Lyriq Bent has been cast as Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson, who was also the president of the singer’s label. Anthony Grant has been cast as Dame Dash. Aaliyah’s brother Rashad is set to be played by A.J. Saudin and Jesse Sukunda, who are set to play him at different stages of his life.

The film, which is also set to cover the singer's marriage to R. Kelly, is tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B and it is set to be based on Christopher Farley’s book Aaliyah: More Than A Woman. It is being executive producers by Wendy Williams, Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase. It is reportedly being produced by Aaliyah Productions, Inc. Bradley Walsh is slated to direct the film, which was reportedly written by Michael Elliot.

It is now set for a Fall premiere on Lifetime.

Zendaya Coleman was originally set to play Aaliyah, but the actress backed out of the role following criticism regarding the biopic from the late singer’s family.

Images of Dolabaile and Smith are below, as per The Wrap.

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  • Anonymous

    who the fuck told them that this looks like Tim and Missy

  • Anonymous

    music industry is full of vultures

  • Anonymous

    So they basically making biopics about anyone that died? LMAO fuck outta here, just cause someone passed away don't mean the world is waiting for a movie about them Whats next? biopics about Pimp C? Freaky Tah? Pac's friend Kato?

  • Anonymous

    This shit finna be garbage Ain't nobody tryna watch an Aaliyah movie in 2014, y'all should've done it at the height of her hype just after she passed away

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Lollllllll at the Puerto Rican looking dude playing Timbaland

  • What?

    The chick playing missy looks Asian, not black. No resemblance at all. They just need to shut this thing down. The family doesn't want it made, fans don't want it made, and the general public just doesn't care.

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    Whoever watches this biopic should be ashamed of themselves.

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