According to several industry websites, which all seem to stem from an article in VIBE, the word is casting is underway for the Aaliyah biopic with Bria Murphy, daughter of Eddie and Nicole Murphy, supposedly about to be cast in the role.
We have checked out the rumors and we did discover some truth in this BUT we hear that the role is not finalized yet. According to our insiders the Director is looking at Murphy but he also wants to take a look at some other new talent with “more acting chops”. We hear that although Murphy is a leading candidate there are others in the mix; actresses such as Drew Sidora and 106 & Park co-host, Keshia Chante are also in the conversation.
Casting director, Lamont Pete, also said in an interview with Sister2Sister magazine that producers prefer a new kid on the block. “There were so many rumors about Ciara or Solange Knowles [playing Aaliyah], but this is one of those situations where we are going to see someone who we have never seen before,” Pete said.
If you recall, with Aaliyah’s untimely death in 2001, talks of a movie to commemorate her life/career have been the topic of discussion in Hollywood for several years with some folks coming close to making the film. But its never gotten far. This time it looks like the ball is rolling.
We will see if this really happens.
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