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Lifetime is quickly becoming the biopic network announcing today Disney star Zendaya will play the lead role of R&B star Aaliyah in a biopic about the singer who died in a plane crash along with eight others at age 22.

The made for TV film will be based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than A Woman by former Time magazine music editor Christopher Farley and will follow Aaliyah’s journey from her Star Search debut at age 10 to her untimely death August 25, 2001.

Zendaya starred as Raquel “Rocky” Blue on the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up” and the upcoming Disney Chanel Series “K.C. Undercover” and “Zapped.”

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B (working title) will be filmed this summer and premiere in the fall.

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