Salt-n-Pepa became a trending Twitter topic on Saturday night (April 11) after Lifetime premiered the first trailer for its upcoming biopic about the groundbreaking Hip Hop duo.
The forthcoming film is a three-hour saga chronicling the journeys of Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton — from their roots as nursing students at Queensborough Community College in New York City and their relationship with aspiring music producer Hurby “Luvbug” Azor to their meteoric rise to fame in the ’90s.
The trailer first aired during the debut of The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel, which also premiered on the network this weekend. But many Twitter users were outraged the two actresses cast to play the duo — GG Townson (Salt) and Laila Odom (Pepa) — look nothing like them.
Others could barely contain their enthusiasm.
The authorized biopic, on which Salt and Pepa both serve as executive producers, is helmed by actor-director Mario Van Peebles. No release date has yet been announced.
Until then, check out some of the reactions below.
— The Latifah (@TheLatifah) April 12, 2020
This Salt n Pepa biopic looks pic.twitter.com/J8ePnGfMcv
— Chocolate Girl 6 (@_CoDiddy) April 12, 2020
— Ash (@JustWannaBeMe23) April 12, 2020
— Life As We Know It (@LifeAsWeKnow4) April 12, 2020
— Tamara Jenkins-Pettus aka TJ (@TtotheJ12) April 12, 2020
— kim cruse stan acct ? (@KvngBeyy) April 12, 2020
Ummnnmmm why does thus salt n pepa movie look…broke pic.twitter.com/cDN0dNYQku
— booty is illmatic (@DDARERICK) April 12, 2020
— The Fly Girl Guide (@flycarla) April 12, 2020
Will I be tuning in to “Salt-N-Pepa: The Movie Event”?? pic.twitter.com/5MctyKukML
— the bih talkin bout some EMBEZZLE (@screenready) April 12, 2020
— ??Egyptian Doll?? (@FlyteesC) April 12, 2020
— ? Usagi Tsukino (@Life0FThaParty) April 12, 2020
Them girls look nothing like Salt N Pepa. Who casted this? pic.twitter.com/FbeNXEFxnI
— Kevin Simmons (@TheSkorpion) April 12, 2020