Rapper Lil Mama Will Play Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes in TLC Biopic

Back in November, we were given the first glimpses into a more exciting #rememberthe90s resurgence, that of Atlanta R&B group TLC, who announced their first album in more than a decade on the heels of further details about a VH1 biopic about the group, originally announced nearly a year before. Made-for-television biopics tend to be a crapshoot, but this one has promise in that it actually has the blessings of original members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, who are serving as consultants for the project, now fittingly titled Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story.

But who could play such a luminous trio? Yesterday, VH1 released a statement announcing the casting choices to play each member: Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee, Joyful Noise, one particularly intense episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) is your Chilli, Drew Sidora (Step Up, The Game) as T-Boz, and rapper and singer-songwriter Lil Mama, she of the boisterous single “Lip Gloss,” will don the coveted eye marker to play Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, which, if T-Boz and Chilli declare you good enough to play themselves and their legendary late bandmate, all right then. The film begins shooting next month in Atlanta, under the direction of Charles Stone III (Drumline, Paid In Full) and with a screenplay from Kate Lanier, who wrote What’s Love Got to Do With It? (yay!) and Glitter (ummm…).

And, because you look like you need it and it’s the middle of the week, here’s a TLC dance party.  

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