It’s been years in the making, but finally, it looks like this Aaliyah biopic will be coming into fruition. A few months back, the late singer’s uncle/former manager, Barry Hankerson, took to Twitter with a movie poster, revealing that a movie about Aaliyah’s life would be coming to VH1 on August 25, 2014…the 13-year anniversary of her untimely death. (Crazy that it’s been so long, huh?) No more details were revealed, but since then, little details have trickled in…including a few contenders for the coveted starring role.
When the movie was first talked about years ago, Keshia Chante (who now is the host of 106 & Park, but then was just a singer on the comeup) was said to have nabbed the starring role, and it looks like there still may be something there. Taking to her Instagram just a few days ago, Keshia posted a photo of Aaliyah with the caption, “The Audition.” Apparently actress Tristin Mays was in the running as well, but in the end, she didn’t make the cut. Check out what she had to say below, as well as a few other rumored contenders for the role.
Normally I wouldn’t do something like this. But a very close friend of mine, @loganlaurice, gave me the courage to speak up about something that’s been pending and sitting on my heart. Today, I can’t be upset that I didn’t book the role I worked so hard for. This may have been the most difficult, emotional, inspiring, and lengthy audition process I’ve ever experienced. Getting the chance to portray someone I’ve always loved and admired so much was a blessing every single step of the way. I invested every ounce of my body mind and soul into this process and I can honestly say I’m proud of myself. God definitely has something incredible in store for me. A huge thank you to everyone who believed in me and spoke up for me in the room. And a huge congratulations to everyone in the cast!#TheAaliyahStory. Like Logan said, you’re satisfied no matter the outcome of things that aren’t in your control. -Tristin Mays
Other rumored contenders include Lolita Price, Keke Palmer and Solange Knowles.