Zendaya Lifetime biopic role as former R&B princess Aaliyah is clearly once in a lifetime. Zendaya Lifetime biopic role proves that at 17 years old, it is never too early to be an icon, even as a role in a movie.

According to TIME, this news of Zendaya Lifetime biopic role as Aaliyah is an addition to Lifetime channel's growing list of R&B biopics casting. Last week, the network reportedly announced that a Whitney Houston television movie will be made and it has casted 'America's Next Top Model' alumna Yaya DaCosta to play the role of the legendary music icon.

Following this Whitney biopic announcement, the network also announced Monday the Zendaya Lifetime biopic role of the late Aaliyah. The movie of Zendaya Lifetime biopic of Aaliyah is titled "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B." Airing this fall, the movie will tell the story of the deceased singer Aaliyah, who died in 2001 of a plane crash. The plane was carrying her including some of her video crew. Zendaya Lifetime biopic role of Aaliyah will be depicting Aaliyah's journey and rise to fame.

Zendaya Lifetime biopic role will be of Aaliyah, who began her career at 10 years old on Star Search. Aaliyah Dana Haughton eventually became a pop superstar in the 1990s. Despite her career skyrocketing during the 90s, it was cut short in 2001, as the 22-year-old died in a plane crash. The Zendaya Lifetime biopic of Aaliyah has been based on the book "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman" written by former TIME Magazine critic and music editor Christopher Farley.

For the Zendaya Lifetime biopic role of Aaliyah, the teenager will reportedly be recording four of Aaliyah's most loved and well-known songs. A singer herself, the Disney star has released a self-titled album last year. Her first single "Replay" has become certified platinum in the U.S. Before the album, Zendaya starred in The Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!" and her dancing prowess has also led her to appear in the spring 2013 season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars", where she finished second place.

According to Varierty, apart from Zendaya Lifetime biopic role of Aaliyah, other acting gigs where the the charming actress is set to appear include the upcoming Disney Channel original series "K.C. Undercover", as well as teh Disney Channel original movie "Zapped," which premieres this summer.

Zendaya Lifetime biopic role in the movie "Aaliyah:Princess of R&B" will be produced by Aaliyah Productions, Inc. Exec producers for the film are Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase. Also directing from Michael Elliot's script is Bradley. The biopic is set to be filmed this summer and will premiere in fall.