A few newcomers will slide into the title roles in the upcoming Milli Vanilli biopic Girl you know it’s true. According to DeadlineTijan Njie and Elan Ben Ali will play respectively Fabrice Morvan and the late Rob Pilatus in the film from Leonine Studios with Matthias Schweighöfer (Army of Thieves) takes on the role of the duo’s svengali, German music producer Frank Farian.
Love and Mercy star Graham Rogers will appear as the group’s American assistant, Todd Headlee, with Bella Dayne (Troy: Fall of a City) cast as Milli, Farian’s right-hand woman, who served as the inspiration for the act’s name. That movie will be directed by Simon Verhoeven (Friend request), who will lead the story of the aspiring dancers who rose to global stardom thanks to the instant classic pop dance tunes cooked up by Farian and a group of studio musicians who stayed in the background as the photogenic Morvan and Pilatus lip synced their way to a string of three No. 1 hits.
Thanks to the Billboard Hot 100 hits “Blame it on the Rain,” “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” and “Baby Don’t Forget My Number,” Rob and Fab earned their way to a Grammy Award for Best New Artist – which was initially later lifted when their charade was exposed – before it all came crashing down. The film will reportedly tell about their rise and fall, as well as the secret kept by their inner circle.
Among the film’s executive producers is 300 Entertainment CEO Kevin Liles, a former member of the little-known Baltimore rap group Numarx, whose original, “Girl you know it’s true,” helped launch Milli Vanilli into the public consciousness. Verhoeven, Farian and Stefan Gärtner are also listed as executive producers with Jasmine Davis, daughter of the deceased John Davis — one of the behind-the-scenes vocalists who actually sang on MV’s debut album — served as associate producer alongside another real MV voice, Brad Howell.
Additional associate producers include the couple’s former assistant, Headlee, Ingrid Segieth (aka “Milli”) and Pilatus’ sister, Carmen Pilatus.