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Premiere Date for ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight

Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight

Lifetime’s Original Movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” starring Alexandra Shipp as the beloved actress and music sensation, is set to premiere Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT. The two-hour movie event is executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, and based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley.

The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten, to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer, and some of her video crew, crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. 

Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.

Multi-talented actress and singer/songwriter Alexandra Shipp starred as KT Rush in the Nickelodeon series “House of Anubis.” Additional credits include the upcoming film “Drumline 2: A New Beat,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Ray Donovan,” and “Awkward.” 

Shipp is currently filming Universal Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton.”

“Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” also stars Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents, Diane and Mike Haughton; A.J. Saudin as Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton; and Lyriq Bent as her uncle and music manager Barry Hankerson. 

The film also stars Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith as Timbaland, Elise Neal as Gladys Knight, and Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliot.

“Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” is produced by Aaliyah Productions, Inc. Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams serve as executive producers. Steve Solomos serves as producer. Bradley Walsh directs from a script written by Michael Elliot.

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