When you think of Lifetime movies, one usually thinks of fun, trashy TV that you get to watch when you're home sick. Stories of betrayal, shocking murder, and small towns with big secrets are basically the network's MO in regards to made for TV movies. But the past few years have seen a change, as Lifetime has been regularly producing its "unauthorized" celebrity biopics, including The Unauthorized Full House Story and The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story. Their latest 90's icon to focus on is the Princess of Pop, Britney Spears.
Lifetime has just released a full trailer for Britney Ever After, a movie which seems to entirely focus on the dark times in the singer's past. You can check out all the drama in the trailer below.
I mean, could that have been any more dramatic? Let's break down exactly what's happening in the trailer for Britney Ever After.
To start, I feel like perhaps the film could have been more accurately titled. Rather than focusing on the "ever after" which Britney has been enjoying for many years, the film is focused on the times where the pop star seemed to be dealing with a mental breakdown. From the trailer, it seems that Britney Ever After will be set firmly in the time period where she met and married Kevin Federline, until about the release of her "comeback" album Circus. The film will feature mostly the darkest time in Britney Spears' past, especially in the moments were paparazzi caught her bizarre behavior on film.
In the short teaser, we're shown glimpses of some of those infamous Britney Spears circa 2007 moments. The scene where she personally buzzed her head seems to be the climax, with the trailer showing what she might have been saying and doing during the homemade haircut. Additionally, we'll see the newly bald Britney attack a car with an umbrella, like all of those images we've been seeing for a decade.
What I found the most concerning about the Britney Ever After's trailer is how little of the actress we're actually shown. Actress Natasha Bassett has already been criticized for not looking very much like Britney Spears, and it seems like the folks over at Lifetime may agree. Because through the trailer we were not shown very much footage of the actress, and none of her actually speaking. Instead, glimpses and flashes of "Britney" appeared, with few of them showing her face. Is the network unhappy with Bassett's transformation into the Princess of Pop? We'll just have to wait and see.
Britney Ever After will debut February 18th on Lifetime.