By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 26, 2001 04:43 PM
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The vampire movie “Queen of the Damned” will swoop into theaters in February, despite the death of its star, R&B vocalist Aaliyah, who perished in an August plane crash in the Bahamas. Time magazine (which, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner), reports on its Web site that Aaliyah’s older brother, Rashad, whose serene voice is remarkably similar to that of his sister, has re-recorded several lines of dialogue, which were then mixed with hers to provide clarity to the film’s soundtrack. In the movie, Aaliyah stars as a 6,000-year-old Egyptian vampire. Her scenes were nearly completed when the singer died, at the age of 22. The young star also was set to appear in a sequel to the hit movie “The Matrix,” but Time reports that because Aaliyah had finished so few scenes, it is unclear how much of her role could be salvaged, if at all. As for the technical wizardry involved to save her work in “Queen of the Damned,” such a technique is not new in Hollywood. James Dean’s friend Nick Adams dubbed some lines of dialogue for his pal after Dean was killed in a car crash shortly before he wrapped the 1956 epic “Giant.”