Update: The Lifetime movie network has now announced that the film will premiere on Saturday, October 15 at 8 PM EST/PST.
R&B singer Michel’le will serve as the focus for a new forthcoming Lifetime biopic.
In a report from Billboard Lifetime will be telling the artist’s story in a film titled Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Me. The movie will show Michel’le’s beginnings as a Los Angeles native, where she got her start contributing vocals for the World Class Wreckin’ Cru‘s single “Turn Off the Lights.”
In a short teaser clip for Surviving Compton, Michel’le (portrayed by Rhyon Nicole Brown) is seen wearing a cautionary “Parental Advisory” sticker on her lips before ripping it off. “Behind the men who changed hip-hop is the woman who knows the truth,” reads a message shown during the video.
Michel’le’s story has yet to be told and it’ll be interesting to see how the film will handle her story, especially in regards to her relationship with Dr. Dre. Back in August of last year, shortly after Straight Outta Compton was released, the “No More Lies” singer spoke to VladTV about her omission from the film.
“Why would Dre put me in it,” Michel’le said. “If they start from where they start from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.” She also called Straight Outta Compton “Cube’s version of his life.”
Made in partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media, Surviving Compton will feature rising actor Curtis Hamilton as Dre; Scream actor Jamie Kennedy as music manager Jerry Heller; and R. Marcos Taylor reprising his role as Knight, after playing the hip-hop mogul in Straight Outta Compton.
Surviving Compton is expected to drop some time in October. Check out the preview clip over at Billboard.