Now in the latest news about the project we learn that we will hear the music of Whitney Houston, but neither her nor the star of the movie, former America’s Next Top Model hopeful, Yaya DaCosta, will be singing it.
This opens the door for a lot of speculation, yes? With a talent as vast as Houston’s- its nearly impossible to imagine who would be chosen to sing the songs that we expect the same chills from, when Houston herself sang them.
But you won’t have to wait any longer to learn who the job went to.
According to E Online News, that someone is none other than R&B singer Deborah Cox!
According to one Lifetime rep, “music rights and clearances are still being worked out,” but Cox will be providing the “vocal tracks.”
The film, which focuses on Houston’s relationship with Bobby Brown, will be the directing debut for actress Angela Bassett – who worked with Houston on the film, “Waiting to Exhale.”
Lifetime recently cast Arlen Escarpeta as the former New Edition singer, and released the first photo of “the couple” together.
Houston’s family is not involved with the production.
Bassett recently spoke with CNN about her hopes for the movie saying, “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.”
The film will also address Houston’s substance abuse, and Bassett adds, “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. It’s involved, and I hope we can unpack it gently.”
Yolanda Ross plays Houston’s best friend Robyn Crawford, Suzzanne Douglas is her mom Cissy and Mark Rolston plays Clive Davis, the music industry icon who discovered Houston in 1983.
The movie is currently shooting in Los Angeles, and is set to premiere on Lifetime next year.