Maybe we shouldn’t be too nervous about Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, Whitney, a film that chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model Houston and singer and songwriter Bobby Brown from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.
Yes, the Aaliyah biopic was dreadful to many (It also didn’t help that the network didn’t have rights to her music), but from the looks of the trailer, the upcoming Whitney film looks to be very telling with the right amount of focus on music and the late star’s dramatic life.
Set to premiere on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime, the film stars model/actress YaYa DaCosta as the late vocal icon (Deborah Cox on vocals), and was directed by Angela Bassett in her inaugural debut as a director.
"Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Houston’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both," Lifetime reports.
We first saw DaCosta on the third season of America’s Next Top Model and has since starred in minor roles in The Butler, as well as various other films and television shows. This could be a breakout role for her.
"The music featured in the film includes Houston’s hits “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Will Always Love You” as well as Brown’s “Every Little Step," Lifetime reports.
Here’s hoping this film continues to bolster Whitney’s legacy.
Check out the trailer below: