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Girl You Know It’s True: First Look of Tijan Njie and Elan Ben Ali in Milli Vanilli Biopic

Girl You Know It's True: First Look of Tijan Njie and Elan Ben Ali in Milli Vanilli Biopic

Check out the first look of the Milli Vanilli biopic titled, Girl You Know It’s True from Leonine Studios.

The series stars Newcomers Tijan Njie and Elan Ben Ali as Milli Vanilli stars, Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan. The film also stars Matthias Schweighöfer, Graham Rogers, and Bella Dayne.

Simon Verhoeven is directing Girl You Know It’s True which tells the story of one producer and two lip-syncing male models who would sell millions of records and win a Grammy before their scam was revealed.

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Synopsis reads: Girl You Know It’s True centers on the true story of the notorious scandal involving dancers Pilatus and Morvan’s rise to fame in the late 1980s as pop sensation Milli Vanilli. Orchestrated by Farian, they become global stars with three No. 1 hits in the U.S. and even won a Grammy. But only a small circle of insiders knew that the duo never sang a word of their songs. When the truth eventually was revealed, they stared into the abyss at the center of one of the biggest scandals in music history.

Schweighöfer will play German music producer Frank Farian, Rogers as Milli Vanilli’s U.S. assistant Todd and Bella Dayne as Milli, Farian’s right-hand woman.

The Milli Vanilli biopic’s title comes from their 1989 album that served as the North American debut of the group. The album was a major US success, producing five singles that entered the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, three of which reached the top position. In January 1990, Girl You Know It’s True was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA after spending seven weeks atop the Billboard Top 200. The success of the album earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 22, 1990.

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Kevin Liles, co-founder and CEO of music company 300 Entertainment, is executive producing alongside co-producers Verhoeven, Farian and Stefan Gärtner. Associate producers are Jasmin Davis — daughter of the late John Davis — and Brad Howell, who were the true voices of Milli Vanilli.

Milli Vanilli’s former assistant Todd Headlee, Carmen Pilatus, sister of the late Rob Pilatus, and Ingrid Segieth aka Milli are also attached as associate producers.

Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann via their Wiedemann & Berg Film are producing the project. The film is produced by Leonine Studios and Wiedemann & Berg Film, in co-production with Sentana Film, SevenPictures and Mediawan. The production is financially supported by Deutscher Filmförderfonds, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden Württemberg and Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Digitales.

Kirstin Winkler is overseeing production as executive producer.

Production for the Milli Vanilli biopic is currently underway. Check out the first images of Ali as Fabrice and Njie as Robert and Schweighöfer as Farian:

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