Lifetime has released the trailer for their controversial upcoming Aaliyah biopic. The film is based on the biography Aaliyah: More Than A Woman, written by former Time music critic Christopher Farley. The biopic is not endorsed by Aaliyah’s family and they’ve been vocal about their disapproval and have made every effort to block any of Aaliyah’s music from being put into the film. “It needs to be a project that’s way more painstakingly done,” Aaliyah’s cousin and president of Blackground Records (which put out all her albums) Jomo Hankerson told The Wrap earlier this year. “To have all this other source material and limit yourself to a book, to put it on the small screen … it’s not the right treatment for her legacy.” Disney star Zendaya was originally set to star in the film but dropped out before production began — now, Aaliyah is portrayed by Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp. The trailer is soundtracked by Iggy Azalea’s “Goddess.” Watch below.
Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B will air 11/15 on Lifetime.