Watch: Lily James looks exactly like Pamela Anderson in new Pam & Tommy trailer
The TV series, due to stream from 2 February, tells the true story of a sex tape stolen from Anderson and Tommy Lee's house which went viral after being released in the early days of the internet.
James, who is known for her roles in Downton Abbey, Cinderella and The Pursuit of Love, looks uncannily like Anderson in one of the series' title roles and is shown in the trailer in her famous red Baywatch swimsuit.
She stars opposite Sebastian Stan (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) as Motley Crue drummer Lee, with the trailer giving an idea of the panic the couple face when they realise that their intimate recording has been taken - and the reach of the internet when it went viral in the 90s.
James is shown as Anderson trying to explain to Lee how much harder hit she will be by the scandal than he will as the world sees the video that was meant to stay private.
The series is expected to offer a different take on Anderson, a superstar of the 90s, who many thought was misrepresented and misunderstood as a result of the scandal - with James' scenes in the trailer giving a taste of her realisation at what is about to happen.
As Lee tells her: "It's not a big deal to me, I'm on that tape the same as you," Anderson replies: "No, not like me, you're not."
Also featuring in the trailer is Seth Rogen, who plays a disgruntled contractor who was carrying out work at the couple's home and stole the tape in retaliation at their fall out.
Disney+ bills the eight-part series as "a love story, crime caper and cautionary tale rolled into one", with the drama showing the beginnings of the reality TV era to come as the lid is lifted on the private lives of celebrities.
Pam & Tommy begins streaming on Disney+ from 2 February.
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