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A new documentary on our forever queen, Tina Turner, is almost here

Tina Turner documentary

If like me, you happen to be a self-confessed Tina Turner stan, the last 24-hours have certainly been quite the journey. To kick it all off, the legendary musician was announced as a nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now, HBO has announced that they are releasing a new documentary on the star. Big wheels are certainly still turning for this perennial icon.

Aptly titled, TINA, the documentary promises to deliver a "revealing and intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner, charting her improbable rise to early fame, her personal and professional struggles throughout her life, and her even more improbable resurgence as a global phenomenon in the eighties.”

Featuring interviews with Turner herself filmed at her home in Zurich, Switzerland; these personal chats will be complimented by appearances from people close to her, and rare archival footage spanning 60 years. If you're wondering who you can expect to star in the upcoming Tina Turner documentary, Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey, I, Tina co-author Kurt Loder, playwright Katori Hall – who wrote the musical about Turner's life – and Turner's husband, Erwin Bach have all been confirmed.

Watch the trailer for the first trailer documentary below.

The documentary is being led by Oscar-winning directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin and is being produced by Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, who were behind the authorised 2018 Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney.

As with most documentaries, TINA will not only recount the singer's rise to stardom, but also discuss and shed light on her journey as a survivor of abuse. Following their divorce, Turner opened up about her marriage to former musical partner, Ike Turner, revealing the harrowing details of their violent, traumatic and abusive relationship.

TINA is of course, not the first documentary to recount Tina Turner's life on screen. The autobiography I, Tina became the basis for the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do With It, which featured acclaimed performances from Angela Bassett as Tina and Laurence Fishburne as Ike.

HBO's Tina Turner documentary will be available to watch on the streaming platform on March 27.

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