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First Look: Alexandra Shipp Plays Aaliyah in Lifetime Movie

Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic is officially back in business, and it emerges with a new actress in the starring role.

The film’s executive producer Wendy Williams revealed Friday that Alexandra Shipp will star as the late Aaliyah in its upcoming TV movie “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.” Lifetime later confirmed the report.

“I’m excited to exec produce the Aaliyah @lifetimetv movie w/ @DebraMChase. Prod starts later this month and @AlexShipppp will play Aaliyah,” Tweeted Williams.

Best known for her work in “House of Anubis,” the 23-year-old Shipp assumes the role vacated by teen actress-singer Zendaya earlier this summer.

In conjunction with the news, Lifetime issued three publicity photos of Shipp in the Aaliyah role (click the thumbnails to access larger, high-resolution images):

Written by Brian Cantor

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