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.
Although the details of this #rememberthe90s musical nostalgia-fest are still fairly nebulous, it is something of a relief to see "TLC" in a headline and know it doesn’t refer to the television network that begat that creepy family with 19 kids or the Honey Boo-Boo phenomenon. No, the other TLC, the ’90s R&B group that brought us such wonderful hits as "No Scrubs," "Waterfalls," "Creep," "Unpretty" and many others, announced they would be releasing their first album in 10 years at the MOBO Awards in Liverpool, England last night. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas were at the ceremony to receive an Outstanding Contribution award for their work with the group, which also featured the late, great Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who passed away in 2002.
"We’re going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time," T-Boz told the BBC. She later added, ""We’ve always grown throughout the years and have always had our own sound. That’s what works for us and we don’t have to worry about anybody else."
In addition to the new album, T-Boz and Chilli will be executive-producing a VH1 biopic about the group, because nothing marks a proper comeback quite like a VH1 biopic, and will, according to the BBC, be casting the actresses that will play the group members. This makes sense, of course, as you’d certainly want to ensure the legacy of your group with accurate casting, but that must be the strangest sort of audition experience. The duo will also be touring, and there have been rumors about for a while about plans to tour with a hologram of the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. So if you’re still at the polls and deciding who to vote for, just pick the candidate you think is most likely to prevent this from happening, and then watch this clip of TLC’s great final live performance with Left Eye at MTV Turns 20.