Trailer: Whitney Houston Biopic ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’

Naomi Ackie in the Whitney Houston biopic "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"
Naomi Ackie in “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (screen cap)

Sony drops the trailer for the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, scheduled for release December 21.

From Variety:

“The End of the F***ing World” star Naomi Ackie has the daunting task of portraying the legendary vocal powerhouse in the film, along with a cast that includes Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown and Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis. Clarke Peters will be playing John Houston, Whitney’s father, and Tamara Tunie will be portraying Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother.

Sony describes “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” as a “no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice.” The film recounts the story of a New Jersey choir girl who became one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time.

At one point in the clip, Houston is told a common criticism is that her music “isn’t Black enough,” to which she confidently responds: “Look, I don’t know how to sing Black, and I don’t know how to sing white either. I know how to sing.”

The film will cover not only Whitney’s incredible music career but her spectacular acting debut in The Bodyguard in 1992 and more.

As we know, we lost Whitney in 2012 at the age of 48 when she was found to have drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub.

Even after her passing, Whitney continued to top the charts. In 2019, she returned to the Billboard Hot 100 with the Kygo remix of her cover of “Higher Love.”

Read more at Variety.

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