VH1 Announces Cast Of TLC Biopic…And Girl…

Kid Fury February 19, 2013 I Vote No! 64 Comments

There has been a lot of buzz about VH1′s upcoming TLC biopic ever since MC Lyte spilled the beans about Lil Mama’s role in the film. Now the entire cast has been revealed and child…they can keep it.

In the movie about one of pop’s top-selling girl groups of all time, Keke Palmer (Akeelah & The Bee) will be playing Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Drew Sidora (The Game) will play Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Lil Mama will be playing Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

The TV movie, directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline), will following TLC’s rise to fame from their 1991 debut Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip to the 1994 certified Diamond album, Crazy, Sexy, Cool. The script is being written by Kate Lanier (Set It Off, Beauty Shop) and production is expected to begin next month in Atlanta.

VH1 can keep every flaw ass ounce of this. With TLC being one of my favorite groups of all time, I’d like to give the movie a chance, but I already know Drew Sidora can’t act and she neither looks nor sounds like T-Boz. Keke Palmer might be able to pull off Chilli, but Lil Mama’s only impressive acting is when she portrays Bow Wow.


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  • ChiAnn Holder

    Lifetime should just stick with the “battered woman finds strength and kills abuser/gets justice” movies. No one wants to watch 1 bad role ruin Keke’s career or watch the other 2 try to be stars when their place is an out of focus extra

    • Mzshere20

      This is going to be on VH1

    • Lizz

      Reading is fundamental.

    • Jazz

      I can see Lil Mama pulling off the Left Eye roll. They can keep this whole production though. TLC deserved a better put together film. This is seeming very low budget

  • Yelluhgaleso

    Yeah not feeling it it’s not just little mama I just feel like vh1 went for what was easy when casting but hey maybe I’ll be pleseantly surprised

  • IfYouDontLikeBeyIDontLikeYou

    *sighs* Bow wow playing Left Eye is sooooooooo disrespectful. VH1  can keep that f*ckery. 

  • ArielLeSigh

    Angela Bassett looks nothing like Tina Turner. Can we give the young ladies a chance or…….?

    • Chance

      I’m saying though..

    • Suchalady

      Yes, we know, Keke said that…but Angela Bassett is an actress among actresses. They still could have dug deeper to cast this, no excuses.

      • Yep It’s Kwanzaa

        Angela wasn’t ANGELA till she got that role hunny is was in like what 93′.

      • ArielLeSigh

        I know she said that, I thought it was a point worth repeating. Thanks for that tho sis….

    • bb

      Hold  up wait a minute, let me put my two cents in it!

      How in the hot holy hell are you going to compare Angela Bassett to this random coalition of what becomes of the broken hearted when they have edges and careers that are now departed? Please, say your comment back to yourself three times and reconsider. 

      • Beiber’s feminine parts

        I would like to co-sign 29 times. 

      • ArielLeSigh

        I’m not comparing the acting ability attall just the appearance  I know this is a”who can be the shadiest” competition so I’m going to let you have that lane and I’ll give the young ladies a chance. 

  • OhagiGaveMeTheSamePoem

    …Drew Sidora (who tweeted a pic of her in Tboz hair   ) should be Chilli and Keke should be T Boz.  T-Boz suffers with sickle cell, she’s quick witted, does impersonations and is fiesty.  That takes a good actress who can be sassy and vulnerable and Keke’s shown that as her natural personality on Wendy Williams & other interviews & her roles in “Abducted : Carlina White Story” and “Joyful Noise” serve that.   
    Chilli came into the group after it was made so her story is probably smaller and good for Drew.  She was a young mom… Drew Sidora can relate there . Chilli has the relationship drama that Drew pulled off with “The Game” and on those stage plays that GMC shows. Chilli is softer and more graceful than the Keke and I have seen Keke do sad/vulnerable/hurt but never soft in anything, she just comes off young, not womanly yet.Lil Mama needs to work on her accent, it’s very strong and will be very distracting.  She comes off older than she is. Left Eye was childlike with babydoll features, a young voice (For most of her career) ..I don’t think Lil Mama can tone it down that well.  Aside from unknowns they could’ve used Kyla Pratt as Left Eye. She has that youthful voice, face , energy and the acting experience to do it. She’s played tomboys before.  Chilli could’ve been Andrea Lewis (Hazel from “Degrassi”, her thosegirlsarewild youtube videos show her ability better with her personality, she’s short (unlike Keke) and looks like Chilli. Looks are whatever…although Andrea Lewis looks like Chili, Keke could look like Tboz (small eyes, big smile) and Kyla Pratt could’ve looked like Left Eye (just picture Kyla with a backwards baseball cap or a bang and a messy pony tail)

    • Earthshaker1217

      You are so right about Kyla playing Left Eye and Hazel from Degrassi being Chilli. I see that with absolute clarity. If Keke would play T-Boz, then there might be an issue with her being blonde. That’s the only thing I could think of. Oh well. I just hope it gets the facts right at least.

    • Earthshaker1217

      And I love your name!

  • RamenNoodles

    I’m actually kinda here for it, I’m sorry. Even though they could of found a better cast. I love Keke and lets not act like she can’t sing/dance/act I think she was a prefect choice for Chilli. Lil Bow Wow can rap but ummmm act? Drew? She doesn’t even sound like T-Boz, I actually would of went with Rihanna for T-Boz, but I doubt she has time for this irrelevant ass cast. Idk I think they gonna surprise us. I defiantly be tuning in.

  • Nate

    I’ve always loved Keke Palmer, but it seems like her career is slowly on the decline. Sad, sad news.

    • Statesside

      Yeah whats up with that? I want to see her way further than VH1 movies. No offense to Vh1.

    • RamenNoodles

      What?! She was just on that Lifetime movie “Carlina White Story” that came out like 3-4 months ago. Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 (video game & movie), Winx Club 2012 (a cartoon on Nickelodeon), & more. I’m sure its hard for her to get anything that’s not for children, but she’s been putting in work since 04′. You better check her resume.  

  • Kik

    I won’t lie I’m disappointed. Oh well

  • SmashMclovely1

    Lord Jesus its a fire. I just can NOT rest well with VH1 and thee forcing of this with no lube. First of all has thee media just stopped trying to find people that actually resemble the stars in these films? This line up would do a Nickelodeon’s Where Are They Now special much more justice. And second. the only person I would ever accept to play thee role of Left Eye is Natina Reed and since she too is no longer with us then thee whole project should’ve ceased.

  • ZJ

    TLC was my shit back in the day, but I don’t need this biopic. Their episode of Behind the Music was enough for me.

    • CaramelHottie

      I was thinking the same thing but they need the money *shrugs* 

  • Missmarchmommy

    I like Keke P. I dont know who Drew is, I thought Shad was busy with 106th and Porch in Ny? meh I hope it dont suck as bad as it looks like it might I’ll watch tho 

    • CadyHeron

      I’m done @ busy with 106th and Porch

    • chxkenandtrapmuzic

      106th and porch oh sis i am weak. 

  • RSK

    I can’t and I won’t support PERIOD. Bad acting, I just cannot tolerate.

  • Pepper Anne

    As a fan of TLC I’m going to just say this… I’m not trying to be closed minded but I’d be a damn lie if I didn’t say I wasn’t disappointed for these cast choices. Like TLC was a super girl group and while I’m trying to give it a chance all I can see is Lil Mama aka Shad with a condom over her eye sounding real NY and hoodrat trying to sound like Left Eye. Ugh!! Nope sorry *washes hands* I tried ya’ll, not here for it either.

    • CadyHeron

      The shade.

    • Ladyofgoldenluv Ellise

      I was thinkn the very same…but i wanna giv her a chance but these are poor choices!!!

  • CaramelHottie

    This is some real fuck shit! TLC is my favorite girl group of all time and I am saddened with these choices. I’m sorry but I do not think KeKe is a good actress.. at all. Her acting comes off super cheesy to me (come for me at your own risk). I think Lil Mama could embody Left Eye slightly BUT I’m still on the fence about it. And this Drew chick? Chile boo! 

    I’m gonna watch anyways so wth I guess lol 

    • Pepper Anne

       ”Come for me at your own risk” pending receipt shade lol

  • Yep It’s Kwanzaa

    Ya’ll acting like Chilli and T-boz themselves weren’t sitting in the audition and casting rooms they picked these people lmao. Anywho the only one I question is Drew, Keke can act and Lil Mama’s personality is every bit of Lisa; Spunky and Outspoken, plus we haven’t seen her act which means we having nothing to really judge her on as far as acting ability goes. All we can do is wait and see.

  • Mkaela’s mommy :o)

    Then only one who somewhat favors who their playing is Lil mama.i love keke palmer and I want to see Lil mama redeem herself. I’ll support this. It’s a good look for all of them.

  • Newivy09

    Not surprised. I’m convinced that VH1 was ordered by The Illuminati to throw shade at black people

  • KING ME!

    Lil Mama is PERFECT to play Left Eye. Just because people do not like Lil Mama doesn’t mean she’s a bad pick.  First of all Left Eye was born and raised in Philly and Lil Mama is from New York so all she has to do is just tweek her accent a little and she can sound like she is from Philly.  Some people think that I’m from New York at times but I was born and raised in Philly.  Lil Mama is the best pick out of the picks for the group they have chose in my opinion.

  • KING ME!

    @Yep It’s Kwanzaa I totally agree with you on Lil Mama. People need to stop hating her for no reason  because she has done good for herself. She’s a judge on ABDC so come on! T-Boz and Chili said they wanted someone that was not established anyway and Lil Mama is not an established actress.

  • sunshyne84

    An abomination!

  • LilMama’sRealBirthCertificate

    Oh…okay…I guess…if you say so >__>
    So who’s gonna play Dallas Austin, Mack 10, and Andre Rison???

  • M.J.

    I’m pretty sure that this casting goes against one of the Commandments. 

  • Suchalady

    I definitely felt they should have used Kyla Pratt as Left Eye. This cast is bullocks. I like Keke but I wonder if she didn’t have in a good Brazilian would they have considered her for the role. It’s just wrong all around I’m not looking forward to it.

  • LadyM

    Looking like ‘The Cheetah Girls: The Lost Years.’ I vote no.

  • Yep It’s Kwanzaa


  • aliciakeyshair

    poor Lisa is turning in her grave …the fuckery is REAL…

  • CadyHeron

    I thought we left Drew Sidora on the game like 3 years ago??? Shad sis…have a seat. Left Eye is from ATLANTA. -Shakes head profusely- I hope this doesn’t toe tag Akeelah’s career. I’m going to watch it…just because I want to laugh.

  • brandonjaye

    Aren’t Drew Sidora and T-Boz about the same age?  Chilli would have been a great role for Teyana Taylor to have finally done something that got released.  

    • QueenyBean


  • Justin

     The F#ck? These chicks? I won’t get out of my bed for less than Angela Bassett, Taraji P. Henson, and Tisha Campbell! TA HAIL WIT DIZ, I’ll re-watch the documentary. >:/

  • Afastarr32

    I withhold judgement until I have seen the finished product.
    I’m all about dat dramaturg life.
    Yes, that’s a thing.

  • Miss Renaissance 2013

    I’m going into stan mode for a moment and ask y’all to withdraw this shade for Keke Palmer. I MIGHT let Lil Shad be on the set , but the girl who slept with Derwin!??!?!……..wait nope Like Mike can’t be there either…… #prayingthisdoesntturnoutlikeLizandDick

  • Ms. I Stay 1Hunna

    Drew Sidora tho? I decline..I still haven’t gotten over her performance in White Chicks…

    • CaramelHottie

      And Step Up.. pretty girl tho

      • Ms. I Stay 1Hunna

        Step up with Mario? Omfg…gimme my life back. Lmaooo

  • Tamar’s Missing Skin Pigment

    i only see it for KeKe. i wish the movie success though. i loved TLC. 

  • Trinidad James’ Dental Plan

    Well ain’t this just a hot ass mess. I kinda see it for KeKe I guess… but the other two? I’m still recovering from Drew Sidora’s tragic attempt at a lacefront in Frankenhood. Wasn’t she Eddie’s side hoe in That’s So Raven? And Lil MushMouth as Left Eye….? She hasn’t even convinced me that she doesn’t have a penis…so how is she gonna convince me that she is capable of playing a female? As a TLC fan I’m saying that VH1 can keep this and add this to their archive of fuckery.

  • DaRealyst C.

    LMFAOOOOOOO !! and that is ALL I have to say.

    But KeKe as Chilli tho… they randomly favor each other to me.

    But this right here- fuckery at it’s finest. Good night. LOL

  • Mo

    Am I really the only one who SWORE keke was Yandi from love and hip hop….

  • Doyenne Eleganza Saint-Augusti

    Wait, wait, wait. This is only covering up to CrazySexyCool? …all the tea with TLC wasn’t even brewed until after that, wasn’t it? …why would I want or need to watch this? 

  • Dominique Cox-Harris

    No no no … Won’t watch it can’t watch … And someone please tell me when did Bow Wow get a sex change ????

  • Kay Tay

    I could see them as the casting lil mama can dance she has paid homage to lefteye on a lefteye song which sounded great i dnt kno about drew but i kno keke n chilli are so similar so they probably pull it off i cant wait tboz said they went beyond looks her n chilli picked them hope it all go good

  • Latitia Dickens

    This site is trash. Period!

  • Latitia Dickens

    I hope the film isn’t just thrown together like other bio pics. Ppl are expecting exact look alikes, which isn’t going to happen. These Actresses are close enough, hopefully they deliver good acting. Good luck