‘Milli Vanilli’ Trailer Reveals Lip-Sync Scam Was Run Like ‘Military Operation’

Milli Vanilli Documentary Trailer (Credit: Paramount+)

The new documentary film Milli Vanilli lifts the lid on the lip-syncing hoax that shocked music fans around the world.

Paramount+ released the trailer on Wednesday and announced the film will begin streaming Oct. 24.

The documentary tells the true story of two friends from broken homes who became superstars following the release of their debut album in 1989.

The movie includes new interviews about the deception that led to German-French duo Robert “Rob” Pilatus and Fabrice “Fab” Morvan topping the charts, even though they didn’t sing any of their massive hits.

“We thought, ‘Okay it’s one song. You do that and you’re out,'” Morvan admits in the trailer.

“This is run like a tight military operation. It’s on a need to know basis,” a music industry insider adds about the scam.

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The duo’s album went platinum six times in the U.S.

Their hit song “Girl You Know It’s True” sold more than 30 million copies around the world, and Milli Vanilli won the best new artist Grammy in 1990.

But it all came crashing down after news leaked that Morvan and Pilatus didn’t sing a single note on their records.

After the duo was stripped of their Grammy, Morvan and Pilatus tried to make a comeback. But they were never able to reclaim their previous level of success.

Pilatus died of a suspected drug overdose at age 32 in 1998.

The documentary, which promises to “unveil the truth,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June.

The film is produced by Bradley Jackson, MRC and Keep On Running Pictures in partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios. Milli Vanilli is directed and produced by Luke Korem. Hanif Abdurraqib and Kim Marlowe serve as executive producers.

The movie arrives on Paramount+ Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the U.S. and Canada.  Viewers in the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria can watch the film starting Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Watch the trailer below: