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Britney Spears biopic coming to TV

Lifetime, a US network, said 'Britney' will trace the 34-year-old Spears from her childhood in Louisiana, where her talent was recognised early on. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP New York, United States Aug 25, 2016, 12.48 AM (IST)
The turbulent life of Britney Spears - who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder - is becoming a television biopic.

Lifetime, a US network geared toward women, said yesterday it had given the green light to a two-hour film on the singer's life, tentatively called "Britney," to air next year.

Natasha Bassett, an actress from Australia, will be starring as Spears, one of the most recognisable musicians of her generation.

Bassett started her own career as a child, and recently appeared as a 1950s starlet in the latest film by the Coen Brothers, "Hail, Caesar!"

Lifetime said "Britney" will trace the 34-year-old Spears from her childhood in Louisiana, where her talent was recognised early on.

Spears became one of the most successful stars of the 1990s, topping the charts with songs that combined a squeaky-clean pop sound and undertones of teenage sexuality.

Her career quickly descended amid a messy personal life that included a highly public breakup with fellow star Justin Timberlake, two marriages in 2005 alone, and being caught on camera nearly dropping one of her two children from her lap while driving.

Spears has found more stability since starting a residency show in Las Vegas in late 2013.

Her ninth album, "Glory" is set to release on Friday and two days later she will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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