The trailer of Pam & Tommy is off. The Hulu series is directed by Craig Gillespie, known for films such as I, Tonya and Cruella. The series is based on the events following the infamous release of the sex tape of model and actor Pamela Anderson and her then-husband Tommy Lee.
The eight-episode miniseries will focus on the scandal, but the focus will also shift to the relationship between Anderson and Lee.
The two tied the knot after only knowing each other for 96 hours. They have two sons from the marriage.
Lily James and Sebastian Stan write the titular characters. As seen in the previous promos, the actors and their makeup, hairstylists and prosthetic artists have — at the very least — nailed the look of Anderson and Lee.
Especially James, who looks eerily believable with her girlish face. Stan, away from Marvel, disappears into the character.
Seth Rogen plays Rand Gauthier, the disgruntled electrician who leaked the sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s honeymoon. It was his decision to leak the tape on the Internet, then a nascent phenomenon.
The series also stars Taylor Schilling, Andrew Dice Clay, Pepi Sonuga, Spencer Granese and Mozhan Marnò.
Pam & Tommy takes it more seriously here, as witness not only the trailer but also the official synopsis. It’s not just meant to thrill and excite.
It must have been hell to have the video of their private moments broadcast to the public. But the fallout affected Pamela Anderson’s reputation more than Tommy Lee, for reasons that should be obvious (spoiler alert: she’s a woman). And the writer Siegel wisely explores that angle.
Overall, Pam & Tommy look both fun and insightful.
The official synopsis reads: “Set in the early days of the Internet in the Wild West, Pam & Tommy is based on the incredible true story of the sex tape of Pamela Anderson (Lily James) and Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan). video was stolen from the couple’s home by a disgruntled contractor (Seth Rogen) and went from underground bootleg VHS curiosity to a worldwide sensation when it hit the web in 1997. A love story, crime roar and cautionary tale in one the eight-part original limited series explores the intersection of privacy, technology and celebrity, tracing the origins of our current Reality TV era to a stolen tape seen by millions of people, but intended for an audience of just two.”
Pam & Tommy premieres February 2 on Hulu.