In news that is crazy, sexy and cool -- provided you ever owned a TLC record -- VH1 will begin filming a biopic about the '90s girl group this March in Atlanta. The stars are already cast.
Keke Palmer (Akeela & The Bee) will play Chilli Thomas:
Drew Sidora (Step Up) is T-Boz Watkins:
And Lip Gloss rapper Lil Mama will play the Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, TLC's feisty MC who died in a 2002 car crash.
"We really want fans to experience our story in an authentic way," Chilli told Entertainment Weekly at a press conference. She and T-Boz will be executive producers and consultants on the TV movie, which was written by Kate Lanier, the woman who gave the world What's Love Got to Do With It, the Oscar-nominated Tina Turner biopic. And Glitter.
There is so much to our story that hasnt been told until this movie," said Chilli. "It really has to be done the right way."
There's a whole generation who's never seen TLC's Behind the Music episode, after all -- or even heard of Behind the Music. Or TLC. And there's so much this Grammy-winning trio could teach them: lessons of sisterhood, self-esteem and how to turn vague allegories about AIDS and drug addiction into one of the biggest pop singles of a decade.
Here are just 12 things TLC taught us. If they're not included in the upcoming biopic, VH1 has done a grave disservice to the nation's youth. Do us proud, T and C.
1. Condoms can be used as eyewear.
2. Or bubblegum.
3. If you're going to set fire to your boyfriend's sneakers, don't put them in the bathtub.
4. Even pop stars can go bankrupt.
5. You can buy your hair if it won't grow.
6. You can fix your nose if you say so.
7. You can buy all the make-up that M.A.C. can make.
8. Always accessorize with laser-tag equipment.
9. Cardboard cut-outs make for excellent friends and band members.
10. There is, in fact, a reason to watch House Party 3: TLC.
11. A scrub is a guy who thinks he's fly. He's also known as a "Buster."
12. And, finally, don't go chasing waterfalls. Please, stick to the rivers and lakes that you're used to.
According to the L.A. Times, the TLC biopic will launch a new slate of VH1 TV movies based on the lives of pop stars.