WATCH: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Lifetime’s Britney Spears (Unauthorized) Biopic
Australian actress Natasha Bassett talked with ET about playing Spears. “I have a huge amount of respect for Britney and for her career. I listened to her music so much growing up. I have videos of me as a tween practicing her songs in the mirror with a hairbrush in my hand.”
She added, “I’ve watched every video I can. Every interview I can. I just immersed myself into Britneyland.” Watch the preview above!
While a rep told ET that Spears would not be contributing to the unauthorized movie “in any way, shape or form,” Bassett hopes the Grammy winner will tune in. “I really hope she watches the movie, because I think she’d really enjoy it. It’s really a love letter to her and to her story, so I really hope she watches it and I just wish her all the happiness in the world.”
The upcoming two-hour film will span Spears’ early days in Kentwood, Louisiana, her high-profile romance with Justin Timberlake and short-lived marriages to Jason Alexander and Kevin Federline, along with some of Spears’ great stage performances.
Britney will premiere in January 2017 on Lifetime.