Rihanna in Whitney Houston Biopic Is a Bad Idea

rihannaThere are a couple of rumors floating around that Rihanna might star in a Whitney Houston biopic. Apparently the iconic singer gave her full support of the project before she passed, which I guess is a good thing, because otherwise I'd be yelling TOO SOON. Anyway, it's unclear whether or not Whitney knew that RiRi, Jennifer Hudson, Vivica A. Fox, and Jordin Sparks were in the running to play her in the upcoming film about her life, but with talent like that lined up, one could only be flattered.

Rihanna jumps out of the pack, though, for obvious reasons. If she were to get the part, she might be able to bring a personal understanding of what Whitney went through with abusive husband Bobby Brown since Rihanna, unfortunately, has also experienced domestic violence. But does that mean she's right for the role?


The only thing is, Rihanna hasn't really acted. You could argue that she plays a character in her music videos and while performing on stage, but I think that's different than completely transforming into someone else for a few months, memorizing lines, hitting marks, and convincing people that you ARE Whitney Houston.

I guess everyone needs their big break, and this could be Rihanna's, but something tells me that she's not right for the role. Even though she could bring an empathy to the part that some other women couldn't, I don't know if that qualifies her to carry an entire film.

Jennifer Lopez broke onto the scene when she portrayed slain singer Selena in the movie Selena, but J. Lo was a relative unknown at the time. Rihanna, and any of these other potential actresses, would bring too much of their own baggage to Whitney. Doesn't matter if it's a boon to the role (like in the case of Rihanna knowing about domestic violence) or not, if Ms. Houston's biopic is done right, it will star an up and coming actress with little to no following.

Do you think Rihanna should play Whitney?


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