The first teaser trailer has dropped for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, Lifetime’s upcoming biopic on the life of the beloved R&B singer. Aaliyah Haughton is being played by Alexandra Shipp, best known for playing KT Rush in Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis, and the teaser below provides a look at the actress in character. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B will tell Aaliyah’s story from her Star Search debut at age 10 till her tragic death in a plane crash in 2001. While the teaser below doesn’t provide any real footage from the film, it’s still a nostalgic snippet of Shipp playing the loved singer. Shipp does look the part, time will tell if she does Aaliyah’s memory justice.
The film will premiere on Lifetime on November 15.
Starring Alexandra Shipp, Rachael Crawford, Sterling Jarvis, A.J. Saudin, Lyriq Bent, Anthony Grant, Izaak Smith, Elise Neal and Chattrisse Dolabaille.
Official synopsis for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B:
Lifetime’s Original Movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” starring Alexandra Shipp (“House of Anubis”) as the beloved actress and music sensation, is set to premiere Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT. The two-hour movie event is executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, and based on the bestseller “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley (Game World).
Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on “Star Search” at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.