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Lifetime Sets November Date For Aaliyah Bio-Pic

Lifetime has set a Nov. 15 date for the premiere of its original movie about the life of R&B singer Aaliyah.

Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B stars Alexandria Shipp (House Of Anubis) as rising music star and actress who tragically died in a plane crash in 2001, said network officials. The two-hour movie event is executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and talk show host Wendy Williams, and based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than A Woman by former Time magazine music editor Christopher John Farey (Game World).

Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up) was originally cast to play Aaliyah in the movie, but pulled out of the project this past summer due to production issues.