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Monday, 24 December, 2001, 10:16 GMT
Aaliyah film finished by brother
The Queen of the Damned was Aaliyah's second film role
The Queen of the Damned was Aaliyah's second film
One of the last films made by singer and actress Aaliyah has been finished using her brother's voice after she died during filming.

Her older brother, Rashad Haughton, voiced the unfinished parts of her script.

He is described as speaking with the same smooth, serene tone of voice as his sister, who was killed in a plane crash in August.

Rashad Haughton added
Rashad Haughton added "a little more clarity and body" to some lines
Mr Haughton has recorded some words and lines that were missing or bad quality for the film, The Queen of the Damned.

Aaliyah had finished the majority of the filming for her role as a 6,000-year-old vampire in the film, which is due to be released in the United States in February.

Mr Haughton's voice has been blended with Aaliyah's words in order to strengthen them and make them clearer.

The film's director Michael Ryman told MTV he called on Mr Haughton to add "a little more clarity and body in places".

"I actually asked him to do a track where he whispers the exact same dialogue. It's creepy," he said.

'Trying to cope'

He also said it took those working on the film a long time to get over Aaliyah's death.

"We were editing the film and trying to cope with that loss," he said.

In the film, the vampire Lestat, played by Stuart Townsend, becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires, Queen Akasha, played by Aaliyah.

The plane carrying Aaliyah and eight others was overloaded
The plane carrying Aaliyah and eight others was overloaded
Mr Haughton is an aspiring screenwriter and film director and had been due to co-write songs with his sister and direct one of her music videos.

He appeared on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards 2001 to pay tribute to his sister.

Aaliyah made her screen debut in martial arts movie Romeo Must Die in 2000.

She had also been signed up to star in the sequel to The Matrix - but had done very little filming for that.


The studio did not know whether she would appear in the movie in any form, or whether her role would be recast, Time said.

A posthumous single, More Than A Woman, will be released in the UK on 7 January.

Aaliyah died when her plane crashed on take-off from the Bahamas, where she had been filming a music video, on 25 August.

Investigators have confirmed that the plane was too heavy, and it has been revealed that the pilot was not licensed to fly it and had been in court on drugs offences.

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