Singer Aaliyah arrives for the world premiere of the 20th Century Fox film 'Planet of the Apes' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, 7/23/01. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Alexandra Shipp of Nickelodeon's House of Anubis attends 2012 Children's BAFTA Awards at Hilton Park Lane on November 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images For Nickelodeon)

There’s a new princess of R&B, and she looks a whole lot like Nickelodeon star
Alexandra Shipp.

After Zendaya departed Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” the network has recast the role with Shipp in her place and added a familiar face behind-the-scenes: Wendy Williams.

Williams confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “I’m excited to exec produce the Aaliyah @lifetimetvmovie w/ @DebraMChase. Prod starts later this month and @AlexShipppp will play Aaliyah.”

That’s great news for Shipp, who just celebrated her 23rd birthday this week.

She is best known for co-starring in Nick’s “House of Anubis,” and she’ll also star in the Nick Cannon-produced follow-up to “Drumline,” a VH1 telefilm known as “Drumline: A New Beat.”

“Princess of R&B” was put on hold after Zendaya dropped out of the project, following criticism from both fan’s and the late singer’s family.

TMZ previously reported that her uncle was trying to stop Lifetime from using her music and potentially from making the movie at all.

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