Watch Lily James’ extreme Pamela Anderson makeover in the first ‘Pam & Tommy’ trailer

Next February, Hulu invites you back to travel back to 1995 – when Batman forever was great at the box office, Friends fever ruled the airwaves, and Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee were the biggest celebrities on a new platform called the Internet. The streaming service’s time machine is not a DeLorean – it’s the limited series, Pam and Tommy, which recreates one of this decade’s biggest scandals: the theft and leakage of the tabloid – friendly newlyweds’ sex tape. Lily James and Sebastian Stan head the series as Pam and Tommy respectively, and as you can see from the first trailer, they literally disappear into their roles. (See the teaser above.)

The two stars’ incredible makeover only went viral when the first photos for Pam and Tommy hit the modern internet last spring. The two-minute trailer finally allows viewers to see James and Stan in action alongside Seth Rogen, who is one of the producers behind the show and also plays Rand Gauthier, the disgruntled electrician who stole and then leaked the infamous sex tape.

Lily James and Sebastian Stan play Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in the upcoming Hulu miniseries, 'Pam & Tommy' (Photo: Hulu / YouTube)

Lily James and Sebastian Stan play Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in the upcoming Hulu miniseries, Pam and Tommy. (Photo: Hulu / YouTube)

Pam and Tommy is directed by Craig Gillespie, who has previously assisted Me, Tonya. And as the acclaimed 2017 retelling of Tonya Harding’s wild Olympic history – which won an Oscar nomination for Margot Robbie and an actual Oscar for Allison Janney – the show will put a comic spin on a piece of lousy 90s history.

In real life, of course, the release of the tape did not make Anderson laugh. Filmmaker David Hogan, who directed her 1996 cult cartoon barbed wire, told Yahoo Entertainment earlier this year that she was furious at the invasion of privacy, and the cast and crew knew they should not discuss the tape in her presence. “Of course it was all talk on the set,” he added, recalling an incident when he walked into some of the film’s producers and saw the tape at the production office.

James as Pamela Anderson as she realizes her private sex tapes have been leaked on the internet (Photo: Hulu / YouTube)

James as Pamela Anderson as she realizes that her private sex tapes have been leaked on the internet. (Photo: Hulu / YouTube)

That Pam and Tommy the trailer suggests that Anderson and Lee will eventually emerge as the heroes of this striped, R-rated story, though the series tinkers with their pop culture image that is larger than life. But that may not be enough to satisfy early critics like Anderson’s close friend, Courtney Love, who took to Facebook in May to slam the series in a since-deleted post. “I think it’s so damn scandalous,” the singer wrote. “My heart goes out to Pammy. Furthermore, causing her complex trauma. Shame on Lily James, who the hell she is.”

Twitter, on the other hand, seems to know exactly who James is – and they love her Pamela makeover.

On the other hand, apparently more than eerily compelling make-up is needed to convince some viewers to want to relive this particular part of 90s history.

Pam and Tommy premieres Feb. 2 on Hulu

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