The first look from Hulu’s upcoming limited series ‘Pam & Tommy’ has been unveiled and Lily James is unrecognizable as Pamela Anderson. The leading stars Lily James and Sebastian Stan have completely transformed themselves for the role. The internet has gone into a frenzy with people losing their minds over the released images. The resemblances are uncanny. The production team especially the makeup artist has really outdone themselves. Lily James even went trending on social media, with people amazed by her transformation and not believing it.
Who is Lily James?
Lily James born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson is an English actress and model. She professionally studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and started her acting career in the British television series titled ‘Just William’ in 2010. She got her first break in 2012 where she portrayed Lady Rose Aldridge in ‘Downton Abbey’. Her breakthrough in Hollywood came with the release of the Disney live-action remake of ‘Cinderella’ in 2015. Since then, she has gone to star in various TV shows and movies. Lily James has gone on to play Natasha Rostova in the BBC series ‘War & Peace’ in 2016. Since then, she has gone to star in various movies like Baby Driver (2017), Darkest Hour (2017), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018), the musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) and many more.
Lily James is the paternal granddaughter of the American actress Helen Horton. James’ first role was Ethel Brown in the BBC production of Richmal Crompton’s Just William in 2010. She followed this up as the main character of the fourth and fifth series of Downton Abbey. Apart from this, Lily James has also been very active in theatre work with Vernon God Little and Othello in 2011 and Seagull in 2012. She rose in popularity with her role as Cinderella in the 2015 Disney live-action movie. Other blockbusters she has been in include Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ and the Mamma Mia sequel. Most of her projects are more indie and obscure like Rare Beasts, The Dig and more. Her latest work is for the BBC miniseries ‘The Pursuit of Love’. She also appeared in a Romeo and Juliet adaptation with her Cinderella co-star Richard Madden.
What Is Pam & Tommy?
‘Pam & Tommy’ is an upcoming miniseries starring Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman and more. It is a biographical drama based on the relationship between American actress Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. It stars James and Stan as the aforementioned titular roles. The series is directed by Craig Gillespie of ‘I, Tonya’ fame. It is all set to premiere on Hulu. It depicts the marriage between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee following their scandal.
The series was first announced in 2018. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were developing the series under their production company Point Grey Pictures. James Franco was eyed to play Tommy Lee, but he dropped out in 2020. The project was finally greenlit by Hulu with an eight-episode limited series order. The series began filming on 5th April in L A.
The series will act as a dramatized biography for the couple, similar to Netflix’s ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’. The show will take a comedic look at the love story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. It is a fun take on the first-ever viral video in history. It will follow the couple’s trials and tribulations and give a deeper insight into their relationship. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee famously tied the knot despite knowing each other for only 96 hours. They have two sons from the marriage. The two filed divorce in 1988 only three years after they got together.
The series is mainly about the infamous honeymoon tape scandal; although they had stated that it will deal with much more than that.
What was the Fan Response?
Fans of both the actors went absolutely crazy when the images released. It took the fans by surprise when they saw their favourites looking so different. Lily James as Pamela Anderson was completely unrecognizable. When it was first announced that James would portray Anderson, people were not happy. Many felt that she was too tame and plain-looking to do the role justice. Most of her previous roles were feminine and proper and very girly, so it was understandably hard to picture her as Pamela Anderson. But she completely proved her critics wrong. Fans on Twitter couldn’t believe their eyes and many still don’t believe it’s her. It was a complete 180 from her previous endeavours. Most of them were praising and raving the makeup artist for the series who completely transformed her, with many asking for Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the makeup team.
Her transformation impressed even the High Fashion twitter. Before this, Lily’s famously known for her role as Cinderella and thus had a very different image. This image just proved how versatile she is.
Similarly, fans of Sebastian Stan were also surprised with his transformation. Stan, who last appeared in Disney’s ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’, completely changed his appearance. Stan is a tall and well-built action man, but he has lost a considerable amount of weight in the series, appearing very skinny and lanky. From the tattoos to the piercings, the resemblance is very strong.
Even Seth Rogen has drastically changed his appearance. It’s goodbye for his signature shaggy beard. He has also lost quite a lot of weight. His hair, very 80s inspired.
Previously both the actors have had a very cookie-cutter image, so it is interesting to see them venture out into more edgy and experimental stuff.
When Will Pam & Tommy Release?
There has been no official release date announced, though we can safe say it will probably be at the end of 2021 or early 2022. The pandemic had severely delayed shooting, thus the release date might get pushed back. The series had just started filming so there is a long way to go, still, it is a miniseries so fans might not have to wait all that long.
Hulu is no stranger to biographies on people, as along with Pam & Tommy, it is also working on a series infamous boxing legend Mike Tyson. Although from reports we can say that Tyson is not happy about the series and has even called it inappropriate and tone-deaf. Neither Pamela Anderson nor Tommy Lee are affiliated or involved with the show and have made no comments regarding the series.
It is always interesting to see the more commercial actor take on a more challenging and interesting role. Both James and Stan are known for a particular type of role, the former as the girl next door or proper lady and the latter as an action star. So it would really be entertaining to watch them so out of their comfort zone. Hopefully, we’ll see more and more of these kinds of roles from the two in the future.
We are very excited about the series. The images released have really piqued our interest, and we cannot wait to see Lily James as Pamela Anderson and Sebastian as Lee dazzle our screens.
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