It’s been two years since the death of pop singer and music icon Whitney Houston, and Lifetime is reportedly pushing through with the TV movie about her life. Scheduled to air in 2015, the story of one of the ’80s most prolific legends will be directed by Angela Basset (“American Horror Story”). Read on to learn more about the TV movie, which has been tentatively entitled “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story.”
According to TV Line, actress Yaya DaCosta (“America’s Next Top Model”) has snagged the lead role for this biopic. DaCosta, who first got her TV gig as a model and contestant in Cycle 3 of ANTM and subsequently played parts in “Ugly Betty” and “The Butler,” has a striking similarity in appearance to the fallen pop star. Joining DaCosta are Arlen Escarpeta (“Final Destination 5”) and Yolanda Ross (“Treme”). Escarpeta has been cast as singer and songwriter Bobby Brown, whose tumultuous relationship with Houston has been the subject of tabloids and celebrity news for many years. Ross is set to play Robyn Crawford, one of the pop star’s closest friends.
“I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story” will chronicle the life of the ‘80s icon with Bobby Brown — from their first meeting, which was when Whitney Houston was at the peak of her career, to their marriage. According to the official press release, the show will depict how these superstar couple was able to handle all of the consequences that come with being famous.
“I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world,” said Basset in a statement published at Entertainment Weekly, who has gotten close to the pop singer while they worked together in “Waiting to Exhale,” a movie that was released in 1995.
And that’s it for the details about “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story.” Do not forget to check out Bobby Brown’s video below as he talks about the biopic. Tune in to Movie News Guide (MNG) for more entertainment news.
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