By Taylor Davis
Society rarely forgives a poor Lifetime biopic. In the past, the social media reviews for the biographical movies have ranged from terrible to mediocre, and yet, each time there’s an impending release, we hope for the best (while trying to remain realistic).
No one was here for Aaliyah’s biopic, which seemingly relied on random draw for casting, didn’t feature any of her music and skimmed over important parts of her life like her marriage to R. Kelly and her death. The wigs were the most memorable part of Brittany Murphy’s biopic, which is upsetting because her life and career deserved to be remembered for more. Surprise of the century, Lifetime actually didn’t botch the biopic of the legend that is Whitney Houston—rightly so, as that is one woman’s biopic you just can’t play with.
Next month, Lifetime is debuting it’s newest biopic, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Me, to tell the story of late ’80s and early ’90s R&B singer Michel’le. In case you’re a ’90s baby and weren’t rocking out to her jams in the crib, she’s also known for her six-year relationship with N.W.A. rapper Dr. Dre and her eight-year marriage to Death Row Records’ co-founder Suge Knight. Even though she was linked to one of the story’s main characters, she wasn’t mentioned in last year’s Straight Outta Compton because her reported abusive relationship with Dr. Dre wasn’t part of the storyline that made it into the film.
Michel’le is being played by Lincoln Heights’ star Rhyon Nicole Brown and even though they look nothing alike, not all casting hope is lost. Actor R. Marcos Taylor, who everyone thought was Suge Knight in Straight Outta Compton because they are identical, will play Suge in Surviving Compton as well.
Check out the first teaser before the film debuts this October.