News that Lil Mama was tapped to play Left Eye in VH1’s TLC biopic raised quite a few eyebrows, but it seems the casting director is moving on with the project as planned. VH1 recently announced that Keke Palmer will join the cast as Chilli and Drew Sidora has signed to play T-Boz.
Of her new role, Keke told Vibe Magazine:
“I would sing ‘No Scrubs’ over and over again to the point my parents would have to tell me to stop, but I never did. I had my little hairbrush as my mic and nobody could tell me I wasn’t the fourth member of TLC. I am a true fan. I love these ladies and I always want to be proud of my work in any role that I do.”
While some are taking issue with Lil Mama’s acting chops, others feel the three actresses don’t resemble the trio enough to carry the roles. Keke responded to the latter group, saying:
“People kill me, I don’t remember Angela Bassett looking ANYTHING like Tina Turner. And she RIPPED that role…People need to realize that movies aren’t casted by people looking like who they’re playing. They’re casted by who can do the role.”
The film is scheduled to start production in Atlanta in March.