Zendaya spoke out after it was announced that she would no longer play the late R&B singer Aaliyah in a Lifetime movie. On Sunday, June 29, she posted a tweet that thanked her fans for their support.
She wrote that her dedicated fans, dubbed “Zswaggers,” are the best and thanked them for their undying support through everything. While she did not specifically mention the movie announcement in her tweet, it’s pretty obvious that it’s about it. The tweet was posted just about an hour after E! News reported that she was no longer involved in the project. Zendaya had also just tweeted a link to the announcement and quotes about how much Aaliyah was a source of inspiration for her and how she wanted to do the late singer justice.
A representative confirmed to E! News that the Disney star was not going to appear in the movie anymore. One source told the news outlet that there were production issues, which included getting the rights to the late singer’s music. While Zendaya has not revealed the exact reason for pulling out of the project, it seems that it was the production issues that gave her concern, as she tweeted the source’s quote that “if she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”
Criticism from Aaliyah’s fans over the casting choice and objections from her family may have also played a big part in the decision. The late singer’s family was reportedly not supportive of the network’s decision to make the movie. Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, spoke out against the movie, saying that Lifetime never contacted the family about the project and confirmed that the family, with the help of lawyers, will try to stop the network from using any of Aaliyah’s music.
While Zendaya is out of her dream movie role, at least she has something else to celebrate. Her latest Disney channel movie, “Zapped,” drew an impressive drew 5.7 million viewers when it aired Friday, June 27.