Lil Mama Cast as Left Eye in TLC Biopic

Lil Mama and Left Eye

Lil Mama is making big moves. The “Lip Gloss” rapper has just landed a role as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the upcoming TLC biopic for VH1.

MC Lyte revealed the news at the inaugural VIBE Impact Awards. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say, but I will,” Lyte told Hip Hollywood. “She just got the role as Left Eye in TLC’s new movie. I am so excited for her.”

The film is currently in pre-production, with the group’s two surviving members, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, serving as consultants and executive producers.

The hip-hop pioneer plans to take the 23-year-old under her wing. “I’m gonna put a little bit of my concentration and focus on helping to uplift a sister who is talented, smart, witty, and just had her chances cut too short, and that’s Lil Mama ’cause she is a talented young lady,” explained Lyte.

The two plan to hit the studio this weekend. “We’re working on a hip-hop sisters record,” she said. “I’ll be doing songs with her, with [Lady of] Rage. Monie [Love] will do a song with Yo-Yo. We’re gonna mix it up. It’s gonna be nice.”

The made-for-TV movie series will explore the Grammy-winning trio’s rise to fame with their 1991 debut Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip and 1994’s groundbreaking album CrazySexyCool, which sold more than 22 million albums worldwide and made them one of the most successful female groups of all time.

Fans will also relive darker moments from the group’s storied career including T-Boz’s battle with sickle-cell anemia, the ladies’ financial woes, Left Eye burning down her boyfriend’s home, and her tragic death in 2002.

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100 Comments

  1. Kwayzee

    yawn…

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  2. Girl bye

    I’m rooting for lil mama…i hope this gives life to her rap career

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    Kenya Reply:

    @Girl bye, me too I think she may pull it off. No matter what people say about her Lil Mama never sold sex. She sold her talent. People always have something negative to say about her but not looking at the positive things about her. I would rather my daughter listen to her than to listen to alot of these female rappers who promote sex, drugs, violence and are half naked a lot of the time. Its a shame that the black community does not show love to someone doing something instead of wishing this young lady the best.

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    Real Hip Hop Reply:

    @Kenya, couldnt have said it better. ppl always ask for female rappers not to act or dress a certain way…. Lil Mama as weird as she was to some ppl never had to do any of that. But yet she gets shunned instead of embraced. Sad but true.

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    Oh Reply:

    @Kenya, U sure she never sold SEX? Cuz the only song people know her for is “LipGLOSS” which has a sexual connotation behind it, just think about it……….

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    Kenya Reply:

    @Oh, she was talking about her lipgloss being stylish and trendy. It seems like that is YOUR interpretation of it. But Lip Gloss was far from a sexual song.

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    KayKay Reply:

    @Girl bye, Glad to read a comment like yours cuz everyone is always putting Lil’ Mama down for no reason. Yes, she jump on stage when it wasn’t her performance but so what?! worse things have happened.

    LET’S GIVE THE GIRL A CHANCE PEOPLE, DAMN.

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  3. SLAYANNA

    mixed feelings, wish they would have had no name actresses though…

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  4. Michelle M.

    Why Lil Mama? No.

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  5. Fuck Peace

    I’m not sure about Lil’ Mama playing this role….but we will see. A TLC movie should be interesting they’ve always had crazy stories to tell. Now we’ll get to see them.

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  6. troof

    how the f/ck u gonna let an ugly person play a pretty angel.

    fk dis shit

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    AAA Reply:

    @troof, first off that’s not necessary, because I’m sure you’re no looker yourself, and I don’t care for lil mama but I’m not say rude comments like that. Act like you got some sense

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    Amber Reply:

    @troof, shut the fuck up bitch I usually don’t curse but lil mama is not ugly it makes me mad too see all these haters out there get a life stop hating she’s not ugly they are both angels

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    Amber Reply:

    @troof,

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  7. Laawd

    Lil Mamas voice is too manly to play left eye

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    JWILL Reply:

    @Laawd, umm, did you hear Lisa’s rap in “U Know What’s Up” by Donnell Jones? Not saying Lisa’s voice was manly, but hell, it was deep!

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  8. Leggo

    This will be very entertaining

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  9. John

    who will play tboz & chilli?

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  10. MMmHmm

    I can see her playing Lisa Left Eye….happy for her. I couldnt think of anyone else t play her….

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  11. THEDON

    And how is this happening.. Lil Mama can’t rap for sh*t, this is like Soulja Boy playing Tupac in a Biopic.. Smh!

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    relly Reply:

    @THEDON, but she”ll be performing a script, not doing an album as Left Eye…

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    etwe Reply:

    @relly, lol ikr people mad dumb

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    vince Reply:

    @THEDON, but Tina Turner was played by Angela Bassett and Angela couldnt sing either. Its not always about the stereo typical stuff…. With some good acting classes and if she really studies Lefteye’s life should could probably shock alot of us.

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  12. QUEEN MINAJ

    lmfaoo i cant :( *Dies*

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    QueenKhia Reply:

    @QUEEN MINAJ, Lemme guess u wanted nicki to play left eye??

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    B*tches In Paris Reply:

    @QueenKhia, LMAO YOUR NAME IS “QUEENKHIA” your fav sings “My Neck , My Back.” Damn ain’t she dead ? I thought she died of aids or something .

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  13. Grant

    LMFAO, what? Fuck no.

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  14. Borb

    why can’t they pick an actual actress? wtf is this crap

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  15. Kev

    This ugly bi*ch… Jeez

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    Amber Reply:

    @Kev, u a bitch she ain’t ugly u is

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  16. Phanyie

    Why they put the movie on VH1? It’s better they release it in cinemas (worldwide) etc. It’s possible that the movie can win an Oscar, Bafta, Golden Globe etc etc!!!

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    ew Reply:

    you jealous under achieving females act like you were there for the casting calls and auditions. she’s playing a role. you know better than the directors? or are you just basing your disapproval on the same shallow petty shit that your entired lives are fueled by?

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    B*tches In Paris Reply:

    @ew, How was she showing any signs of jealously ? Do you know what the word “JEALOUSLY” even means ? Lmao you’re too old to be misusing basic ass words ma’am or sir . All they did was make a suggestion & you’re acting upset over nothing :[

    DOING THE MOST !

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    Kenya Reply:

    @B*tches In Paris, I agree tho it seems like there are some undercover tones of JEALOUSY & HATRED from most of these negative comments.

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  17. @Amoret_

    NOOOOOOOO Why would they do that!!!??

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    QueenKhia Reply:

    @@Amoret_, Lemme guess u wanted nicki to play left eye??

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  18. JustCoastWitHa

    im here for it .. who else was gon play her?

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    credits Reply:

    @JustCoastWitHa,

    exactly.

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  19. etwe

    you jealous under achieving females act like you were there for the casting calls and auditions. she’s playing a role. you know better than the directors? or are you just basing your disapproval on the same shallow petty shit that your entired lives are fueled by?

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  20. DDdakid

    I think this might actually work. If u really think about it Lefteye had a very playful & creative side to her just like Lil Mama does.

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    T Reply:

    @DDdakid, Lisa had a humble, funny, confident, sexy, wise, earthy, quirky demeanor. Lil Mama has a humble but cocky vibe. I won’t truly feel as if I’m seeing Lisa just Lil Mama playing dress up. In just not seeing it.

    No hate. I just don’t see it. It’s a lazy comparison and it seems like its gonna wind up like Lindsay Lohan playing Elizabeth Taylor. Just hollow.

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  21. channelPink

    Does anyone know when FREAKS ft Nicki Minaj is coming out?

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    Jacksmith Reply:

    @channelPink, you comment that on every post ! Go back in the grave with your dead nana

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    @PRINCERACQUAN Reply:

    @channelPink, YOU GAVE ME LIFE . Hopefully Next Week Boo

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  22. WOWzer

    Perfect choice actually, she has Left Eyes rebellious spirit and energy, plus shes small

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  23. ReadYouDown

    Say man give this young girl a chance to shine dawg. why hate on her? She needs to be supported instead of always criticized. I never understood why people embrace Chris Brown but then dog out Lil Mama who always seems to be positive. Respect should be in order.

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    JWILL Reply:

    @ReadYouDown, Thank You! I swear, some people be on that bullsh*t, sometimes. Hating for no damn reason. smh..

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  24. chelly

    this was the perfect match. I can take from these some of these comments. Some of you were probably just born when TLC came on the scene.

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  25. Tariq

    perfect choice if u ask me. i think her and Lefteye have some similarities. the only thing i couldnt imagine is the voice part cus Lil mama’s voice is somewhat deeper in tone but other than that everything else that Lefteye stood for i can see why her family approves of this.

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  26. Shells Bixby

    WTF!

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  27. Chicago

    let lil mama be… she didn’t do nothing to anyone and she has talent!.. some of yall need to just get a life.. let her shine ..hating this poor girl for no reason then yall say yall know God? really

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  28. TLCFOREVER

    Love You Lisa..

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  29. LA

    Tionne and Chilli are apart of the casting decisions and basically the whole creation of this movie so if Tboz and Chilli see here as fit then everyone else needs to shut up truly. I see her pulling this off actually.

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  30. jstrench

    Nooooooooooo!!!

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  31. Jrizzel88

    Give the girl a chance before the negativity…damn…Ppl love to think the worst before stuff even happens. If you could’ve done better, you shoulda got a manager and got casted like she did lol

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  32. deelee

    THIS IS A SHAME

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  35. Oh

    SMH! -__- Left-Eye’s family should be insulted at this…. for ONE Why Lil Mama? really? she CANNOT capture the essence Left-Eye had not in looks, rapping, personality, acting, dancing, NOTHING!! When people play roles of a character they have some type of resemblance and this is just WAYYYYY off the scale! I will NOT tune in… for instance I wouldn’t be mad if Ciara palyed Aaliyah in a movie, but if Beyonce did I would becuase they share no type of similarities :/ …… i’M SURE this will FLOP

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    Oh Reply:

    @Oh, and if ANYBODY could play Left -Eye it should be Monica (the singer) or Natina Reed

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    meme Reply:

    @Oh, natina reed is dead….firstly. and how monice gonna play someone young when she is old?

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    fonkyfresh Reply:

    @meme, yeah i agree… lil’ mama is good choice- just gotta see her acting

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    Nicki Lyrics Reply:

    @fonkyfresh, That man looking, one hit wonder, idol bashing bitch is not no good choice. She’s better off on RuPaul Drag Race shit hahaha

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    Kai Reply:

    @Nicki Lyrics, this is coming from a place of hate. She never bashed anybody on american idol. She simply said she felt Nicki had taken little bits of her style. That’s not BASHING. It’s an OPINION. U nicki fans can be so sensitive and do the most for no reason and then wonder why a lot of us dont want to embrace Nicki. Its because of you malicious fans who hate and bash EVERY FEMALE RAPPER that Rap-Up blogs about. From Lil Kim to Trina to Lola Monroe to Azealia Banks to Eve to Brianna Perry it seems like you Nicki Minaj fans are the most hateful fanbase to exist.

    NickiLyrics Reply:

    @Kai, No we Stand and salute Nicki. We don’t bash ALL FEMALE RAPPERS. We bash the ones who bashes Nicki. Little Momma had the nerve to go on breakfast club and take shots at Nicki. HOW THE HELL YOU GONE TAKE SHOT AT SOMEBODY WHO HAS A BETTER RAP CAREER THAN YOU? You can’t tell her what tf she doing wrong, when you got 1 mf hit. Most of these female rappers go in interviews taking shots at Nicki. Nicki never go on interviews dissing none of them. She actually praise them like on breakfast club & the BET awards when she won her award. She shout them out all the time. The only time she take shots is in her songs, WHICH IS WHAT A RAPPER IS SUPPOSE TO DO. These male rappers do it all the time. The only ones who haven’t dissed Nicki in interviews Is Lola Monroe Briana Perry Trina Angel Haze & Iggy. You can’t name 1 interview Nicki Shaded a female rapper. ONLY Kim & she said she still has love for Kim just didn’t like what Kim was saying. NOW THAT’S A REAL BITCH, now you see why we salute her.

    NickiLyrics Reply:

    @Kai, So the female rappers that have not dissed her I Have nothing to say about them. Are fanbase just get mad every time she salute & shout out ALL FEMALE RAPPERS while they in interviews dissing her like crazy. & Lil mama talked about how Nicki gone have a fan base full of hoes. When she shouted out Kim in a recent interview and Kim talks about sucking dick all the time. Smh

    NickiLyrics Reply:

    @Kai, Then lil mama had the nerve to say Nicki is going to have a hoe fan base, when she shouted Kim out in her most recent interview and kim talk about sucking dick all the time, & tittes poppin out. Like WTF? What does she have against Nicki so bad. Nicki just getting her money. I’ve never dissed Lola Monroe Trina nor Briana Perry.

  36. Casting Director

    I don’t know if I should be announcing this yet but who cares!! We just casted Frankie Lon’s (Keyshia Cole’s mom) as Chilli and Gabourey Sidibe as T-Boz!!! The girls are complete again! TLC biopic coming to you soon!!!

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  38. Me

    i hope she acts better than she rapz

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    JWILL Reply:

    @Me, have you heard Lil Mama’s “A Millie” Freestyle? or her song “Shake”? She definitely raps about more than lip gloss, just listen to her song “College”.. that’s some deep shit, right there.

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  39. TrinaFan

    Good for her! Hope she gets it!

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  42. dodo

    a man playing lisa “left eye”…

    should be interesting..

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  43. maya

    Idc what Lil Mama looks like, I just hope her acting is on point

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  45. Sam

    Shes gonna do gr8!

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  46. OhHellsNo

    I’m not hating on Lil Mama, I honestly don’t give two fucks about her. My stance on this is that Left Eye is one of my favorite artists and if they’re going to make a movie they should at least try to do her justice. Lil Mama is just not it, I don’t even think they tried a casting call. Just chose Lil Mama, whom no one has even seen act before. Hells no.

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    Kai Reply:

    @OhHellsNo, where is your proof of the claims that a casting call was not held? How do u know if there was or wasnt? How do u know if she simply didnt beat out the other candidates who auditioned. Its very easy to ASSUME and PRE-JUDGE when you dont have the proper facts. Furthermore if Lisa’s family has approved of it then I feel it should be fine. Obviously the casting directors, Lisa’s family, Chilli & T-Boz feel that Lil Mama was the perfect fit and I honestly can see why because Lefteye represented being unique and creative and so does Lil Mama.

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  47. fonkyfresh

    yay– great news. Lil’ mama did a hot remix of Left eye’s song “block party” it was hott– luv TLC

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  48. kHLOE

    This is ALL wrong. Brianna Perry should have casted to play Left Eye. Her speaking AND rapping voice is similar to Left Eye’s voice.

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    credits Reply:

    @kHLOE,
    she sounds toooo hard! besides lil’ mama’s size is perfect for someone playing left eye. I can see her pulling off the crazy hair too.

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    Kai Reply:

    @kHLOE, to be honest Lil Mama and Brianna Perry both have deep rapping voices.

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  49. Nicki Lyrics

    Im just confused on how a one hit wonder cast as a person who has multiple hot songs & a career. Left Eye is probably turning in her grave right now lol

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    Real Hip Hop Reply:

    @Nicki Lyrics, Lefteye was not that type of person. She didnt think the way you are thinking and a 1 hit wonder would be someone who had ONE HIT SONG…. Lil Mama had TWO singles to chart in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 charts- Lipgloss and Shawty Get Loose featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain. So stop hating. You wouldnt want anyone to slam Nicki for her accomplishments though. Very hypocritical of you.

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  50. Nicki slays

    Lmao Lil mama to play left eye tho -___- nooooo that ugly ass bitch

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  51. Prouy of Uk 2013

    people have said that Lil Mama look nothing like Left eye “lisa Lopez” and that’s ok lil mama doesn’t have to look like Left eye @ all. Great to see her doing acting

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  53. Truthis

    lil mama is talented… but i hope this is not true, not that i don’t think that she has potential as an actress but because i don’t think she fits that role smh her voice, her image, everything about her would turn me off from the tlc movie that i’m very excited to see

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  54. credits

    and after seeing keri hilson do t-boz in ‘pretty girl rock’ i can’t see anyone else playing her. *pictures raven symone with short blonde hair* hmmmm….

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  56. B*tches In Paris

    I’m not trying to throw shade . But really Lil Mama of all people ? I’d be hella sad if I was Lisa . She’s probably rolling over in her grave like “Wtf ?” lmao . Lil Mama doesn’t even look nothing like Lisa , this that bullshit .

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  58. tmorg

    I agree that most of the people commenting probably were just born when the group tlc forst starte.Tlc has been my favorite group since the first single dropped.they are my idols still at the age of 39..now with that being sais i have never been a fan of lil momma i guess because she was more my daughters era, but i do think that she is a perfect choice for the role…first because left eye had MAJOR ATTITUDE and we know that lil momma has that also she has the look, does this mean that they look alike, no she has the look. She is not replacing her in the group just portraying her in a movie role…very rarely do they cast individuals that actually look like the person that they are portraying…think about it. Im sure that the most important thing for the the casting director was to first find someone who could rap being that left eye was a rapper an they worked around that…Im sure she will do great, we will all see…now my question is who will play tboz (a real hard one)and Chili….hmmmm

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  59. kiki766

    Where are they casting at cause i want to play chilli role everybody says i look like her.

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  60. SheryllJ

    OMG how they gonna do this!!! you know who should’ve been playing Left Eye, Bianca Lawson!! she is the closest looking like Left Eye. seriously look her up, she’s an actress and was in the movie “save the last dance” and the most recent tv show was “Pretty Little Liars” as Mya. She should be left eye.. wow TLC made a BIG mistake!! Damn is there a way we can tell TLC that they should switch out Lil Mama for Bianca Lawson!! and she could act! ugh this sucks :(

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  61. Asa

    Ew…

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