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Lily James Transforms Into Pamela Anderson in the First Trailer for New Hulu Drama 'Pam & Tommy'

Red swimsuits, mullets, sex tape chaos — this trailer has it all.
By Sarah Ward
November 19, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
November 19, 2021
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It was one of the biggest celebrity scandals of the 90s, and it's now heading back to screens. When a sex tape featuring Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and her then-husband Tommy Lee was stolen from their home in 1995, then leaked on online, it fuelled tabloid headlines (and internet downloads) for years and years. Now, the whole saga has been turned into a drama called Pam & Tommy — starring Lily James (The Pursuit of Love) as Anderson and Sebastian Stan (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) as the Mötley Crüe drummer.

Even better: US streaming platform Hulu, which is behind the eight-part show, has just dropped the first teaser trailer for the series. James obviously dons the red swimsuit that Anderson was so famous for wearing for 76 episodes of everyone's favourite 90s lifeguard drama — you really couldn't make a series about Anderson without it — and, given that the focus is squarely on the couple's intimate recording, how it became public, and the impact it had on Anderson and Lee, things clearly get chaotic rather quickly.

In the sneak peek, a mullet-wearing duo played by Seth Rogen (An American Pickle) and Nick Offerman (Devs) can't quite believe what they've stumbled across. That's the focus of the trailer; however, the clip does also show Anderson and Lee's reaction when the tape makes its way out into the world.

Pam & Tommy's stars firmly look the part — calling James' appearance a transformation definitely fits — and the trailer sports an expectedly hectic vibe. Australian-born director Craig Gillespie has jumped into larger-than-life true tales before with I, Tonya, so he's in somewhat familiar territory. He also keeps being drawn to decades gone by: the 90s here and in I, Tonya, the 80s in aerobics-focused dark comedy series Physical, and the 70s in this year's live-action Cruella as well.

Hulu has set a February 2 release date for Pam & Tommy in America, dropping the first three episodes on that date and then streaming the rest week-to-week afterwards. At the moment, where and when it'll surface Down Under hasn't yet been revealed, but hopefully that'll happen around the same time.

Check out the Pam & Tommy teaser trailer below:

Pam & Tommy will start screening via Hulu in the US on February 2. A release date Down Under hasn't yet been revealed — we'll update you when one is announced.

Published on November 19, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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