Days before Britney Spears’ ninth studio album "Glory" releases Friday, the Lifetime cable network is reportedly giving the star a television movie biopic with actor Natasha Bassett set to portray the role of the singer.
In what Lifetime described as the “tumultuous true story” of Spears’ life, "Britney" will cover the singer's rise to stardom in the late 1990s, her tumultuous personal relations in the 2000s — including the breakup with fellow sensation Justin Timberlake and marriages to childhood friend Jason Alexander and backup dancer Kevin Federline — and eventually getting back on track as she rebuilt her career.
The biopic, however, does not have Spears’ blessings and is not an authorized biography.
“Britney Spears will not be contributing in any way, shape or form to the Lifetime biopic nor does it have her blessing,” Time magazine reported her management as saying in an email Thursday.
The project will be produced by Asylum Entertainment with Anne-Marie Hess writing script and Leslie Libman directing. According to Hollywood Reporter, Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Joan Harrison will be the executive producers.
The two-hour biopic is reportedly going into production in September this year in Vancouver with a release slated for early 2017.
Spears is currently busy promoting "Glory" and is set to take the stage at the MTV VMAs on Sunday.