Zendaya`s departure puts `Aaliyah` biopic on hold

Los Angeles: The upcoming biopic `Aaliyah: Princess of R&B`, based on R&B singer Aaliyah, has been put on hold after the lead actress Zendaya Coleman dropped out of the project.

The cable channel Lifetime TV announced it via Twitter on June 29, posting a statement. "We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold," the statement read.

Reasons of her departure are not disclosed yet.The film would follow the life of the 22-year-old star, who was killed in a plane crash as she was returning to the US post recording a music video in the Bahamas.

The project was scheduled to start filming summer 2014.

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