Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed

3 September 2021, 10:46 | Updated: 27 September 2021, 09:46

Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed
Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed. Picture: Getty
Hannah Lovejoy

By Hannah Lovejoy

Whitney Houston’s legacy will be portrayed on film for the first time in a biopic about her iconic life and career.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody will take a deep dive into the life of the late Whitney Houston. It will detail her rise to stardom and will take a look at her career highlights.

While there aren’t many details being shared about the I Wanna Dance with Somebody biopic, here’s everything we know so far.

  1. Who has joined the cast for I Wanna Dance with Somebody?

    Naomi Ackie will play Whitney Houston in a new film
    Naomi Ackie will play Whitney Houston in a new film. Picture: Getty

    Naomi Ackie and Moses Ingram have been confirmed for the cast of the upcoming I Wanna Dance with Somebody movie. Naomi is set to play the leading role and will star as Whitney.

    Speaking about the role (via Deadline), Naomi said: “Preparing to play Whitney Houston has been an incredible experience.

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    "I’ve learned so much more about her and myself than I could have imagined. I’m so excited to get on that film set and honor her legacy!

    “With Kasi [Lemmons] on board, I know we can create something truly wonderful.”

    According to IMDB, Moses is set to play the role of Robyn Crawford.

    Stanley Tucci has also joined the I Wanna Dance with Somebody cast and is set to play the role of Clive Davis, Deadline reports. Clive Davis was a huge part of Whitney's early success and helped to mould her career.

    Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed
    Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed. Picture: Getty
  2. When will I Wanna Dance with Somebody be released?

    Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed
    Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed. Picture: Getty

    I Wanna Dance with Somebody is currently expected to be released in cinemas in the autumn of 2022.

  3. What is the main plot for I Wanna Dance with Somebody?

    Specific details regarding the movie’s plot are yet to be released but according to IMDB it will be “joyous, emotional and heart-breaking”.

    The plot summary reads: “The joyous, emotional and heart-breaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time. Tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.”

  4. Who is writing I Wanna Dance with Somebody?

    Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed
    Whitney Houston biopic: Cast, director, plot, soundtrack and more revealed. Picture: Getty

    The I Wanna Dance with Somebody script has been written by Anthony McCarten.

    Some of Anthony’s previous work includes writing the Queen biopic script titled Bohemian Rhapsody.

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  5. Who is directing I Wanna Dance with Somebody?

    Kasi Lemmons is now set to replace Stella Meghie as the director on the upcoming Whitney biopic, Deadline reports.

    It’s thought that this is due to creative differences and Stella is expected to stay attached to the project as an executive producer.

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    “Early in my writing career I developed two projects for Whitney, and I had the opportunity to meet her,” Kasi said.

    “She was a tremendous, incomparable artist, and her story is as awe-inspiring as it is tragic. I feel privileged to be part of bringing her life story and music to the audience.”

  6. What Whitney Houston songs will be included on the movie soundtrack?

    The exact details of what songs will be included on the I Wanna Dance with Somebody soundtrack are yet to be announced.

    We can assume that Whitney’s 1987 hit with the same name will be included along with her other biggest songs.