*According to a report at Rhymes with Snitch, producers of a proposed Whitney Houston biopic are thinking Idris Elba and maybe Anthony Mackie when it comes to the Bobby Brown role.
Other names being kicked around for the starring role include the usual suspects including Jennifer Hudson and Halle Berry, among others. Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina would be cast as … Bobbi Kristina.
Well, if that’s true, why couldn’t Bobby Brown be cast to play himself? Maybe because Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother, would hav e a lot of say so about who’s casted and who isn’t. And we all know Mama Cissy and Bobby ain’t exactly on the same page.
Anyway, speaking of Cissy, the report also says Dianne Carroll and James Earl Jones are on the wish list to play Whitney’s parents John and Cissy Houston.
The film supposedly won’t sugar coat Whitney’s drug use or her tumultuous marriage to Brown.
*Positioning oneself to even think of auditioning for the role to portray the late Whitney Houston in a biopic is enough to make your head hurt.
No really. You know how it is when a big star passes, someone of Whitney Houston’s ilk. They become even bigger in death. Who can live up to that? According to the cast of ‘Sparkle’ – the movie the late singer was working on before her untimely death last February – nobody can.
There has been talk of a possible movie about the life of the late singer and some names have been thrown around about who is up to the task of taking on the role. Meagan Good was the very first to show interest; and even went as far as to say thatHoustonwould have approved of the casting.
It had all been just idle gossip, but when the star suddenly died, the talk became more serious. Tika Sumpter, a co-star in ‘Sparkle’ has also been a name thrown into the mix to play the singer. But quite frankly, the ladies of the remake don’t think anyone is up to the task.
“I don’t know. Whitney had such a strength…she was just one in a million. She had everything. She had the humility, she had the ‘it’ factor, she had the sense of humor,” Jordin Sparks, flanked by Tika and Carmen, told TheUrbanDaily.com. “Find somebody who has all of that, and maybe they’ll be able to do it.”
OK, here’s a little test EUR readers, say you are the casting director, and these two ladies are top runners, which one would you choose and why? Let us know by your comments! We’re waiting…
*The New York Post is reporting that Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina told friends that she would like to portray her mother in the upcoming film biopic.
Recent reports have circulated that Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Brandy are all currently under consideration for the role. According to TMZ, Bobbi Kristina told friends that she believes she’s the “perfect person” to play her late mother in a biographical film, because “no one knew her better.”
Clive Davis, record label executive and long-time friend of Houston, had been working on a possible biopic even before the singer’s untimely death in February at age 48. A source recently told People UK, “Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead. It’s hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It,’ which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner.”
In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Kristina revealed that she did have dreams of becoming a movie star, commenting “I’m her daughter, I gotta keep movin’, I gotta carry on her legacy. We’re gonna do the singing thing, we’re gonna do some acting, some dancing, you know. It’s a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it.”
*There hasn’t even been an official announcement of a Whitney Houston biopic yet, and already folks are putting it out there that they would love to play the part of the singer.
Days after Robin Thicke suggested his wife Paula Patton would be perfect for the role, Rihanna is now making it known that she wants to be in the running as well.
“That would be something that I would have to give my entire life to do because I would want to really pull it off,” Rihanna told The Press Association. “That’s a huge, huge role and whoever does it has to do a good job.”
Reports surfaced that record label executive Clive Davis was in the early stages of producing a biopic to honor his close friend, but Davis has since denied the rumors. Rihanna was reportedly on the short list of contenders for the role, along with Jennifer Hudson, Vivica Fox and Whitney’s “Sparkle” co-star Jordin Sparks. Brandy was also mentioned in some reports. Yet another report mentioned that Whitney personally wanted actress Meagan Good to play her on film.
For Rihanna, portraying Whitney would also give her the chance to represent her musical inspiration on the big screen.
“My first song that I remember falling in love with was a Whitney Houston song — ‘I Will Always Love You,’” Rihanna said. “It was really inspiring and it made me develop a passion for music, so really she’s partly responsible for me being here in this industry.”
*Clive Davis has denied reports that he’s producing a biopic on the late Whitney Houston.
It was reported this week that the music mogul was hoping to pay tribute to his protege by making a big-screen adaptation of her life “as soon as possible.”
Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Vivica A Fox and Jordin Sparks were said to be in the running to play Houston, while Willow Smith had apparently been approached to portray her as a child.
However, a representative for Davis has since denied that any movie is being developed.
“There is no truth to this,” the spokesperson said, according to WENN. “Clive is not putting together a biopic.”
*The Daily Mail is reporting that Rihanna, Vivica A. Fox, Jordin Sparks and Willow Smith are among the female stars being considered to play the role of Whitney Houston in a biopic said to be helmed by her Arista Records mentor Clive Davis.
Rihanna has been marked as a leading contender to land the role for the film, which Davis apparently wants to get off the ground as soon as possible, so that filming can commence.
Oscar winner Hudson, who was chosen to perform a tribute to Whitney Houston at this year’s Grammy awards, is also being considered for the role, according to the tabloid.
Other potentials for the role include Vivica Fox, 22 year-old Jordin Sparks, who completed a remake of the 1970s film “Sparkle” with Houston, and Will Smith’s daughter Willow Smith, who may be selected to play a young Whitney in the film.
Meanwhile, actress Meagan Good confirmed to E! Online on Feb. 22 that she was the frontrunner to play Whitney Houston, and the two had briefly spoken about the role before Houston passed away.
“We were fairly in the beginning stages … We were supposed to meet today, actually,” Good said on Feb. 22.