Zendaya Coleman Responds to Aaliyah Casting Controversy

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Zendaya Coleman has just landed the role of a lifetime on Lifetime.

The former Disney Channel star and Dancing with the Stars competitor has been cast in a television movie based on the life of Aaliyah, the R&B artist who died in a plane crash at the age of 22.

Zendaya will record four songs for the film, which will be based on the book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” and air some time this fall.

But Coleman's excitement for the part has been tempered a bit by the major backlash on Twitter over her casting.

Among the criticisms leveled at Zendaya by angry users:

  • That girl Zendaya Coleman looks nothing like Aaliyah.. Every time I see a post about her getting the role I get mad all over again. (@iRodeHisFace)
  • Why is zendaya playing Aaliyah she look nothing like her. (@KayyCantBehave)
  • So upset that Zendaya is playing Aaliyah. (@gi_selaa)

Zendaya is taking the controversy in stride, however, taking to Twitter herself in response to comments such as these.

“She's been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her,” Zendaya Tweeted about Aaliyah.

The actress later added of the star who passed away in 2001:

“she's beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven.”

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B (working title) will shoot this summer and chronicle Aaliyah's journey from her debut on Star Search to her rise to fame and, finally, her tragic passing.

"I'm just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations #positive," Zendaya concluded.

UPDATE: Zendaya has now dropped out of the project and it is on hold.

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