Elise Neal is the first big name to be cast in Lifetime’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic. The actress will be portraying Gladys Knight in Aaliyah: Princess of R&B along side Alexandra Shipp’s portrayal of the late singer. Knight was married to Aaliyah’s uncle Brian Hankerson in 1974 which gave her some help in the industry. Chattrisse Dolabaille has been case as Missy Elliott and Izaak Smith as Timbaland. So far there is not a release date for the project.
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