The first look photo for Girl You Know It’s True, the biopic on controversial R&B and pop duo Milli Vanilli, has been released.
LEONINE Studios and Wiedemann & Berg Film have revealed the image on the film chronicling dancers Robert Pilatus’ and Fabrice Morvan’s rise to fame in the late 1980s under the moniker Milli Vanilli.
Under Frank Farian, Milli Vanilli skyrocketed to superstardom and garnered three No. 1 hits on the US Billboard charts
The duo would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Unbeknownst to the general public, the duo were lip syncing to the voices of two other artists. When the truth is revealed, both Rob and Fabrice grapple with the fallout as the world witnesses one of the biggest scandals in music history. The film will be written and directed by Simon Verhoeven.
The film will star newcomers Tijan Njie from Germany and Elan Ben Ali from France are set to portray the lead roles of Pilatus and Morvan, respectively.
Matthias Schweighöfer also stars as Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian.
“Girl You Know It’s True is captivating on so many levels. It not only tells the spectacular rise of two underdogs making it to the zenith of showbiz within one summer, it also gives a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of that illusory world of fame and its sometimes tragic and unscrupulous machinations,” Verhoeven said in a statement. “Personally, I think Rob and Fab did not deserve to become the sole scapegoats of this scandal.”
“Girl You Know It’s True comes from the heart of a decade when MTV planted its flag on the moon and we were able to see music, not just listen to it. Our film celebrates Rob and Fab and what they achieved with Milli Vanilli and at the same time Simon’s fantastic screenplay also captures the complexity and ultimately tragic dimension that came with it,” Quirin Berg, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Production Officer of Leonine Studios said in a statement.
“He offers not just an immensely entertaining take on the story but also a layer of critical reflection that asks many questions which seem more relevant today than ever. It took many years to secure the music rights and it’s a huge milestone to see this project in production now.”
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 German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board (FFA), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg and Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Digitales.