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More details regarding the upcoming Aaliyah biopic on the Lifetime Network surfaced this morning.

In the first news about the direct-to-cable film since early candidate and Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman resigned from the role of Baby Girl, Wendy Williams revealed on Twitter that she was tapped by Lifetime to executive produce the flick (slated to be entitled Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) alongside Debra Martin-Chase. Additionally, Alexandra Shipp got a nice belated birthday present – as her birthday was July 16th – as she was officially tapped to be Coleman’s successor in the title role.

Shipp was previously involved in the film Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and also played KT Rush on the Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis. Her starring role in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B will be the next step in what is shaping up to be a breakout year for the 23-year-old actress, following her addition to the casts of the Showtime original series Ray Donovan and the upcoming Drumline 2 (yes, Drumline 2 OVER A DECADE LATER) film.

No release date has yet been set for the film yet, although Williams has stated production on the biopic will begin later this month.

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