“We have spent most of the last year exhaustively searching for an actress who could play Whitney Houston,” filmmaker Stella Meghie told the publication. “Naomi Ackie impressed us every step of the way. I was moved by her ability to capture the stage presence of a global icon while bringing humanity to her inner life. ”
The project has the cooperation of the Houston estate, who died in 2012 at the age of 48, and her sister-in-law Pat Houston will serve as producer.
“Naomi Ackie’s screen test was so powerful it made my back shiver,” Davis said. While Whitney’s unmistakable voice is used for all songs, Naomi’s extraordinary acting lineup allows her to masterfully capture Whitney’s unique charm, star power and, of course, her personal struggles. Naomi is the real deal and I can’t imagine a better choice for this iconic role. ”
Houston passed away on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy Awards, held at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
She was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton hours before heading to Davis’ annual Grammy party.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is scheduled for release on Thanksgiving Day 2022.