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Zendaya relinquishes lead role as Aaliyah

Nia Sanders | 7/3/2014, 2:07 p.m.
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Actress and singer Zendaya announced on June 30th that she will no longer play Aaliyah in the late-singer's Lifetime biopic.

Her dropping out comes amidst major controversy over the film titled, "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B"​. Aaliyah's family complained that they did not partake in the film's negotiation process and would prefer a studio release.

Aaliyah's fans also took to social media, claiming that Zendaya does not physically resemble Aaliyah.

As of now, the film's production is on hold.​