Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp transforming into R&B icon Aaliyah
The official trailer for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B has finally been released.
For her role, Alexandra ironed out her trademark curly hair into sleek long raven locks, giving her a striking resemblance to Aaliyah.
No doubt the comparison may have played some part in the young star replacing actress Zendaya, who was originally cast to play the lead role.
The 18-year-old suddenly dropped out of the project just weeks before filming commenced after fans complained that she didn't look like Aaliyah.
According to TMZ, Aaliyah’s family members really aren’t happy with the biopic and allegedly suggested the production values should be bigger and the actors more high-profile.
The late singer's uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson told the website that the family were in fact so 'p****d off' that they have hired a lawyer to try and prevent the film from being released and were even attempting to block any of Aaliyah's music from being used.
But sadly for the family, filming is now complete and the movie is set to premiere on November 15 on Lifetime.
Starring: Alexandra Shipp, Rachael Crawford, Sterling Jarvis, A.J. Saudin, Lyriq Ben, Anthony Grant, Izaak Smith, Elise Neal, Chattrisse Dolabaille
Genre: Drama, Tear jerker, Teen, True Story