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Netflix Reveals Teaser for Secret Britney Spears Doc

It has long been whispered that Netflix was working on a Britney Spears doc—yesterday, the streaming giant revealed the first teaser for Britney vs Spears, letting the world know the doc is very real. The full trailer, in fact, will be released today.

The 18-second teaser is a voicemail that Spears left to a lawyer at 12:29 a.m. on January 21, 2009. Although it might sound like a minor piece of the puzzle, what she says has large implications. “Hi, my name is Britney Spears,” we hear, “I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…”

Why is this little snippet of audio so important? Because it seems to prove that Spears has been aware for a long time that she could request an end to the conservatorship she’s been living under for the past 13-years. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Spears told L.A. Judge Brenda Penny she was unaware she could request an end to it just this past summer. During a follow-up hearing, Spears was granted permission to ditch her court-appointed attorney and hire her own counsel. Spears hired litigator Mathew Rosengart, who quickly requested that her father, Jamie Spears, be removed from the conservatorship. Then, on September 7, Jamie Spears agreed to step down from the conservatorship.

Britney vs Spears comes from documentarian Erin Lee Carr, who directed the film in collaboration with the Story Syndicate, the Emmy and Peabody-winning team of Liz Garbus and Dan Cogan. Garbus and Corgan serve as executive producers alongside Allen vs. Farrow producer Amy Herdy and Jenny Eliscu. The team also includes producers Sarah Gibson and Kate Berry.

Have a look and a listen to the teaser here:

Netflix has a hot property on its hands here, as interest in Spears—which has always been high—spiked considerably in the past year. The #FreeBritney movement has only grown since Hulu’s Framing Britney Spears was released, a doc done in collaboration with The New York Times Presents series. There seems little doubt Britney vs Spears, like its subject, will draw a crowd once it’s released.

We’ll share the full trailer when it bows.

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Featured image: Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.

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