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LEONINE Studios and Friedman & Berg Film reveal first look on Millie Vanillin biotic GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Lead actors are Tijuana Nice as Robert Pilau and Elan Ben Ali as Fabric Moran
Matthias Schweighofer stars as Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian
Writer and director is multi award-winning filmmaker Simon Verhoeven
Produced by Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann, producers of the Academy Award(R) 
winning feature film THE LIVES OF OTHERS, the two-time Academy Award(R) 
nominated NEVER LOOK AWAY, and the groundbreaking Netflix Original Series DARK 

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- European major LEONINE Studios 
reveals first look on its international biopic GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE, 
produced by Wiedemann & Berg Film.

After a year of intense casting in five countries, newcomers Tijan Njie from 
Germany and Elan Ben Ali from France are set to portray the lead roles of the 
Milli Vanilli frontmen Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, the top-charting pop 
and R&B duo. Matthias Schweighofer (Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer", "Heart 
of Stone", "Army of the Dead") is starring as German music producer Frank 
Farian. The cast also includes Graham Rogers ("Ray Donovan", "The Kominsky 
Method", "Atypical") as Milli Vanilli's US assistant Todd and Bella Dayne 
("Humans", "Troy – Fall of a City") as Milli, Farian's right-hand.

The film is centered around the true story of the notorious scandal involving 
dancers Robert Pilatus' and Fabrice Morvan's rise to fame in the late 1980s as 
pop sensation Milli Vanilli. Orchestrated by music producer Frank Farian, they 
became global stars with three No. 1 hits in the US. But only a small circle of 
insiders know that the duo is not singing but lip syncing to the voices of two 
other artists. At the height of their fame, Milli Vanilli win the Grammy Award 
but the situation behind the scenes escalates and the pressure on Rob and Fab 
grows. When the truth is revealed, they stare into the abyss while the world 
witnesses one of the biggest scandals in music history.

Multi award-winning filmmaker Simon Verhoeven is directing, based on his 
original screenplay GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE. Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann, 
producers of the Academy Award(R) winning film THE LIVES OF OTHERS, the 
two-time Academy Award(R) nominated film NEVER LOOK AWAY and the groundbreaking 
Netflix Original Series DARK are producing. Producer Kirstin Winkler ("2012", 
"10,000 BC", "Anonymous")  is overseeing production.

Principal photography takes place in Munich and Berlin (Germany), Capetown 
(South Africa) and Los Angeles (USA). Filming will wrap in December 2022. The 
film follows a true language approach and is shot almost entirely in English. 
The title echoes Milli Vanilli's 1989 break-out hit GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE, 
originally written by the US Hip-Hop group Numarx and later covered by 
successful music producer Frank Farian. 

Kevin Liles, member of Numarx, legendary co-founder and CEO of music company 
300 Entertainment is executive producing alongside co-producers Simon 
Verhoeven, Frank Farian and Stefan Gartner. Associate producers are Jasmin 
Davis, daughter of the late John Davis, and Brad Howell, who were the true 
voices of Milli Vanilli and invaluable consultants in the development phase. 
Carmen Pilatus, sister of the late Rob Pilatus, Milli Vanilli's former 
assistant Todd Headlee, and Ingrid Segieth aka Milli, Frank Farian's 
right-hand, are also attached as associate producers.

Writer and director Simon Verhoeven says: "GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE is 
captivating on so many levels. It not only tells the spectacular rise of two 
underdogs making it to the zenith of showbiz within one summer, it also gives a 
fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of that illusory world of fame and its 
sometimes tragic and unscrupulous machinations. Personally, I think Rob and Fab 
did not deserve to become the sole scapegoats of this scandal." 

Quirin Berg, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Production Officer of LEONINE 
Studios: "GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE comes from the heart of a decade when MTV 
planted its flag on the moon and we were able to see music, not just listen to 
it. Our film celebrates Rob and Fab and what they achieved with Milli Vanilli 
and at the same time Simon's fantastic screenplay also captures the complexity 
and ultimately tragic dimension that came with it. He offers not just an 
immensely entertaining take on the story but also a layer of critical 
reflection that asks many questions which seem more relevant today than ever. 
It took many years to secure the music rights and it's a huge milestone to see 
this project in production now."

The film is produced by LEONINE Studios and Wiedemann & Berg Film, in 
co-production with Sentana Film, SevenPictures and Mediawan. The production is 
financially supported by German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), FilmFernsehFonds 
Bayern, German Federal Film Board (FFA), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG 
Baden-Wurttemberg and Bayerisches Staatsministerium fur Digitales. All rights 
are with LEONINE Studios.

Independently from LEONINE Studios' feature film, US entertainment company MRC 
is producing a documentary on Milli Vanilli, directed by Luke Korem. Korem also 
serves as a producer via his Keep on Running Pictures. Bradley Jackson and 
Fulwell 73 also produce. Hanif Abdurraqib will executive produce. Quirin Berg, 
Max Wiedemann, Simon Verhoeven and Kirstin Winkler are serving as associate 
producers on this documentary project as well.

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Press contacts:

Theo Dumont, Alta Global Media

Wiebke Doehla
Head of Fiction PR Wiedemann & Berg Film and LEONINE Studios
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