After already casting Alexandra Shipp to play Aaliyah in their forthcoming biopic, sources connected to Lifetime reveal that they’ve found two actors to portray her mentors Missy Elliot and Timbaland. Unfortunately for the network, people are none too pleased with the castings of Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith for the respective roles considering that they look NOTHING LIKE the duo.
Reports Bossip via The Wrap:
You can’t have a movie about Aaliyah without her musical mentors.
A network representative told TheWrap that Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic has cast Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith as producer-rappers Missy Elliott and Timbaland, respectively.
Dolabaille is a newcomer to Hollywood. She’s a Canadian actress, singer and dancer.
Izaak Smith, on the other hand, was a contender on “So You Think You Can DANCE Canada.” He has appeared in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Mirror Mirror” as a dancer. He also played Cal Rice on popular Canadian series, “Tower Prep,” and Danny on digital series “Totally Amp’d.”
Aaliyah worked with Timbaland and Missy Elliott on her second album, “One In A Million,” which sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and more than eight million copies worldwide.
In addition to Dolabaille and Smith, the production has cast Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents Diane and Michael Haughton; Lyriq Bent as her uncle and president of her label, Barry Hankerson; Anthony Grant as Damon Dash; and A.J. Saudin and Jesse Sukunda will play the older and younger version of Aaliyah’s brother Rashad, respectively.