Zendaya Coleman was set to play Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, but today E! is reporting that the Disney actress has pulled out of the film. According to the report, a source close to Zendaya told E! that she is no longer involved in the project.
The reasons behind her pulling out of the film are not yet known, but the report states that production on the film was delayed for a number of issues, which included not being able to obtain the rights to Aaliyah's music. Aaliyah's family stated that they would attempt to block all efforts to include Aaliyah's music in the film.
Lifetime has yet to make a comment on this report, according to E!. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
UPDATE: Lifetime confirmed the news on their Twitter account and revealed that the production for the film is currently on hold.
We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold.— LifetimePR (@LifetimeTV_PR) June 29, 2014