5 December,2014:Â Lifetime will take another stab at releasing a biopic involving a music icon gone too soon.
Buzzfeed has unveiled the premiere of the official trailer for the upcoming Whitney Houstonfilm, â€œWhitney,â€ and it looks like itâ€™s addressing all of the pop starâ€™s highs and lows. Within the brief clip, Whitneyâ€™s battle with drugs and her volatile relationship with Bobby Brown begin to threaten her celebrity status. The entire movie will document her turbulent life, beginning with her church upbringings in Newark, New Jersey.
Angela Bassett is at the helm of the flick and â€œAmericaâ€™s Next Top Modelâ€ alum Yaya DaCosta will revive Whitney, alongside Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown.
Fortunately, Lifetime has obtained the rights to some of the singerâ€™s biggest hits, so â€œWhitneyâ€ will at least sound (sort of) authentic. â€œGreatest Love of All,â€ â€œIâ€™m Every Woman,â€ â€œIâ€™m Your Baby Tonightâ€ and â€œI Will Always Love You,â€ will each be sung by Debra Cox for the film.
Houstonâ€™s family members have already aired their grievances â€” like Aaliyahâ€™s â€” but the network also plans to broadcast the documentary â€œBeyond The Headlines: Whitney Houstonâ€ â€” featuring commentary from her industry peers â€” after the biopic.
â€œWhitneyâ€ airs Saturday, January 17 at 8 p.m. EST, followed by â€œBeyond The Headlines: Whitney Houstonâ€ at 10:00 p.m. EST.