People-Alexandra Shipp

July 18, 2014 - 2:35 PM
FILE - This Nov. 25, 2012 file photo shows Alexandra Shipp at the British Academy Children's Awards in London. Shipp has very little time to get ready for her new role as the late R&B singer Aaliyah. Lifetime spokeswoman Kannie Yu LaPack confirmed Friday, July 18, 2014, that Shipp will play the singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001. Shipp replaces Zendaya in the Lifetime biopic "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B." Zendaya pulled out of production last month. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)