The newly minted reality star will take on the role of iconic R&B singer Gladys Knight, who few people knew was related to Aaliyah via marriage.
“Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” has been plagued with casting problems since it was first announced earlier this year. Zendaya Coleman was originally set to play the singer but backed out when public outcry apparently became too much.
Since then Alexandra Shipp has taken on the title role, and will be joined by Chattrisse Dolabaille who will play Missy Elliott and Izaak Smith who will play Timbaland.
The film has reportedly already finished shooting and is expected to be released later this year.