Chattrisse Dolabaille to Play Missy Elliott in Aaliyah Biopic
By Wilson Morales
Canadian actress Chattrisse Dolabaille has been cast to play singer-songwriter-producer and Grammy Award winner Missy Elliott in the Lifetime TV biopic of singer Aaliyah in “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” starring Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp in the title role.
Missy Elliott, along with Timberland, were instrumental to Aaliyah’s career, serving as record producers to her second album, One in a Million; it sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide.
Also cast in the film are Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents Diane and Michael Haughton, Lyriq Bent will portray her uncle Barry Hankerson, Izaak Smith as Timberland, and Anthony Grant as Damon Dash. A.J. Saudin and Jesse Sukunda will play the older and younger version of Aaliyah’s brother Rashad, respectively.
This film will be based off of Christopher Farley‘s best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.
The film is being produced by Aaliyah Productions Inc., with Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries), and daytime talk show host Wendy Williams serving as executive producers. Casting the film is Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd. Bradley Walsh (Turn the Beat Around) will direct from a script written by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar).
Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. But behind the spotlight, Brooklyn-born, Detroit-raised Aaliyah Dana Haughton struggled to succeed in a tough business while staying grounded in the midst of her growing celebrity. 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.
This will be Dolabaille’s feature debut and the actress/singer put together a digital dossier for folks to know more about her.