There's going to be a TV movie on Britney Spears' life, but the pop diva isn't a part of it
But the movie about Britney Spears' troubled life does not have the pop icon's blessing.
We just heard the news that Lifetime, a US-based production house, has greenlit Britney (working title), a two-hour TV movie about Britney Spears starring Natasha Bassett as the pop icon.
Natasha Bassett is an Australian star who was most recently seen in the Coen brothers blockbuster, Hail Caesar! She is also set to appear in an indie drama titled Desolate to be released in 2017.
Production for the film begins next month in Vancouver for a 2017 premiere on television. The film will follow Spears’ story, beginning as a young girl from Louisiana trying to make a name for herself in the music scene, to her relationship with fellow pop icon Justin Timberlake and her rocky personal life after her parents divorce in the late 2000s.
But Spears' rep told Entertainment Weekly, she will not be contributing to the project “in any way, shape or form… nor does it have her blessing.”
Britney is produced by Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime. Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Joan Harrison are the executive producers. Anne-Marie Hess will pen the script with Leslie Libman (Manson's Lost Girls) directing.
This news come as Spears is set to release her ninth studio album, Glory on 26 August 2016. She also set to perform at the MTV VMAs on 28 August 2016 and is set to appear on CBS' The Late Late Show With James Corden for a 'Carpool Karaoke' segment.
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