It's been over two years since the tragic passing of iconic songstress Whitney Houston, which of course means it's just about time for a Lifetime biopic. The lead role in the movie will go to former America's Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta, but don't expect to be hearing her vocals.
Don't expect to be hearing Whitney's either though -- E! News is reporting that while the film will include her music, the vocal tracks will be laid by R&B singer Deborah Cox. Does it seem wrong to anyone else to have someone singing Whitney Houston's lyrics for someone else pretending to be her?
Anyway, the movie is being directed by Houston's Waiting to Exhale co-star Angela Bassett, who is making her directorial debut.
A rep from Lifetime said the "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," which has me wondering if that's why they aren't using Whitney's incredible voice. Her family is not involved in the project, which is said to be centered around her tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown.
This reminds me of the time Jennnifer Lopez lip synced to Selena's music for a lead movie role about a beloved deceased singer. Although Selena's family was very involved in that project, so there you go.
As for the story for Houston's flick, Bassett recently told CNN, "I really just want to tell a story about a boy and a girl who fell in love ... and these are the words and this is the place, and these are the people on the outside, you know? And I want to be as honest as I can about doing that."
What about the drug problems? It's no secret Whitney and Bobby were users. "Well, we know that drugs were a part of their story and that's certainly an element of their story. We can't tell their story without that," Bassett said. "It's involved, and I hope we can unpack it gently."
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Let's hope so. Whitney Houston had a lot of problems, but she was still just a human being struggling with life, and she did it in the public eye. It can't be easy. Besides, her incredible music has touched so many people, it deserves to be showcased properly.
The movie is set to premiere on Lifetime sometime in 2015.
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