Whitney Houston Biopic Casts Naomi Ackie in Lead Role

Naomi Ackie is in final negotiations to portray Whitney Houston in Sony’s upcoming musical biopic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”Stella Meghie (“The Photograph”) is directing the film from a screenplay by “Bohemian Rhapsody” writer Anthony McCarten.

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is slated to release at Thanksgiving of 2022.“We spent the better part of the last year in an exhaustive search for an actress who could embody Whitney Houston.

Naomi Ackie impressed us at every stage of the process.

I was moved by her ability to capture the stage presence of a global icon while bringing humanity to her interior life,” Meghie said.“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” follows the life and times of Houston, the iconic artist behind timeless hits like “I Will Always Love You” and “How Will I Know.” Houston, who died in 2012, made her acting debut in the 1992 romantic thriller “The Bodyguard.”“Naomi Ackie

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