Britney Spears releases her first new album in nearly half a decade on Friday — but she’s got even bigger news. The “Glory” songstress will be subjected to the Lifetime treatment, with a biopic of her earlier career in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two-hour TV flick, aptly named “Britney,” will follow Spears through her “rise to fame, fall from grace and triumphant resurrection” — just like Jesus!
Australian actress Natasha Bassett (“Hail, Caesar!”) will star as Spears, but no word on who will play a young Justin Timberlake, Kevin Federline or (the easily forgotten) Jason Alexander in the film. “Britney,” which is set to begin production in September, will be directed by Leslie Libman and chronicles Spears’s late ’90s triumphs and much-documented pitfalls of the mid-2000s. Camp Spears sent Time a statement regarding the film, noting, “Britney Spears will not be contributing in any way, shape or form to the Lifetime biopic nor does it have her blessing.”
Oh well! It’s set for a 2017 release.