Zendaya on Aaliyah Casting Backlash: "I'm Just a 17-Year-Old Girl Who Got Cast to Play One of Her Biggest Inspirations"

Find out what the Disney darling had to say about her upcoming role

By Bruna Nessif Jun 18, 2014 3:08 AMTags
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Zendaya just got the role of a lifetime (no pun intended) and she's not about to let critics ruin that for her.

Lifetime revealed Monday that the Disney darling has been tapped to portray Aaliyah, the beloved '90s singer who lost her life in a plane crash when she was just 22 years old, and unfortunately, the young star faced some harsh criticism on Twitter over the casting.

Whether it was about Zendaya's looks, her voice or her dancing, the young celeb quickly realized that some Aaliyah fans weren't pleased to hear the news.

However, Coleman didn't let the criticism get her down. After all, this is her chance to portray someone who influenced her career.

So she kept a positive attitude about it all and tweeted the following:

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.

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B will shoot this summer and is set to premiere on Lifetime in the fall.

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