Dear Lifetime: How Does One Cast a Light-Skinned, Skinny Missy Elliott and Timbaland?

The cable network really tried it—and failed. 

Chattrisse Dolabaille; Isaak Smith
Chattrisse Dolabaille; Isaak Smith YouTube screenshot; IMDb

Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic is really starting to perturb a lot of people. In the cable network’s most recent casting reveal, we have the actors who will portray Missy Elliott and Timbaland, two of the people who had a hand in crafting Aaliyah’s sound.  

First, let’s take a look at Elliott and Timbaland of yesteryear:

And now, here are the two people cast by Lifetime to portray the producers—Chattrisse Dolabaille as Elliott and Izaak Smith as Timbaland:

Insert any random “WTF” gif you can find. I’ll use Arnold Drummond.

I get it—not every actor or actress will resemble the person he or she is playing, but come on. This casting is a huge stretch, even for Lifetime.

Of course, those on Twitter had their opinions about the casting, and #lifetimecastings once again took on a life of its own: