Casting Complete: Rochelle Aytes & Carl Payne Join TLC Movie

VH1’s TLC bio-pic has completed casting by finding actors to play the roles of music mogul L.A. Reid, R&B singer/manager Peri “Pebbles” Reid and music producer Dallas Austin.

The movie, “Crazy, Sexy Cool: The TLC Story” will capture the life of female pop trio made up of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

Evan Ross

Rochelle Aytes, who starred in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Family Reunion,” will portray Pebbles in the film. In addition to being a recording artist herself, Pebbles was the head of Pebatone, the management and production company that eventually signed the group.

Pebbles, who was married to Reid at the time, will be depicted in the television movie as a relentless task-master who is jealous of group member Chilli’s attention on songwriter Dallas Austin, who will be played by actor Evan Ross. Chilli and Austin ended up having a son together named Tron.

Former “Martin” star Carl Payne has signed on to play Reid. Reid’s record company, LaFace Records signed TLC in partnership with Pebatone.

LA Reid & Pebbles

Charles Stone III (“Drumline”) will direct the movie. The script was penned by Kate Lanier (“What’s Love Got to do With It”).

Chilli and T-Boz will serve as executive producers and consultants alongside executive producers Maggie Malina, Alex Motlagh and Bill Diggins.

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