Keke Palmer and Chilli
Actress/singer Keke Palmer has been chosen to play Chilli in a new biopic about 90's girl group TLC.

Keke Palmer has been cast as Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas in a TLC biopic.

The Akeelah and the Bee star joins rapper Lil Mama and Drew Sidora in a film based on the 90s girl group.

Lil Mama will take on the role of late R&B star Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes,who died in a car crash in 2002, in the VH1 film. Sidora has been cast as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins.

Palmer was only six when TLC released their No 1 album FanMail but the 19-year-old Chicago native said starring in the biopic was a dream role.

"I am a true fan," Palmer told Vibe magazine. "I love these ladies and I always want to be proud of my work in any role that I do.

"I would sing No Scrubs over and over again to the point my parents would have to tell me to stop - but I never did. I had my little hairbrush as my mic and nobody could tell me I wasn't the fourth member of TLC," she added.

Thomas, Lopes and Watkins rose to worldwide fame as TLC in the early 90s with hits including Waterfalls, No Scrubs and Unpretty.

Described as one of the biggest girl groups of all time, the surviving members split when Lopes died. Watkins and Thomas are serving as executive producers and consultants on the film project, which is in pre-production in Atlanta.