“Goose bumps”: Who will Play Whitney Houston in the Biopic
Naomi Aki will play the role of the star singer in the new biopic about Whitney Houston. The actress has 15 roles under her belt, the most famous of them being Gianna in the movie Star Wars: Skywalker. Sunrise “and Bonnie in the series” The End of the *** World “.
The film about six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was named “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” after the song of the same name. It will be directed by Stella Maggie, who debuted in 2016 with Gene from Jones. According to The Hollywood Reporter, British actress Naomi Aki is currently in talks with Sony about filming.
“We spent most of 2019 in a grueling search for an actress to portray Whitney Houston,” said Meggie. – Naomi Aki made a big impression on us at every stage of the selection. I was touched by her ability to convey the stage presence of a musical icon, bringing humanity and inner light. ”
The performer’s heirs also approved of Aki’s choice for the lead role: “When it comes to Whitney and her legacy, fans expect perfection. Turning someone into a consummate icon is next to impossible, but Naomi Aki was chosen based on her talent, performance, and genuine desire to become the woman we all loved. We are looking forward to this journey with her. ”
Naomi Aki rose to prominence in 2019 for her role as Gianna in Episode 9 of the Star Wars franchise. Episode IX: Skywalker. Sunrise”. She cannot yet boast of an impressive filmography. The 28-year-old actress has appeared in 15 projects, including the films The Long Night, The Corrupt, The Yardie, Lady Macbeth, and the series The End of the *** and The Bisexual.
The premiere of the biopic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is still scheduled for the end of November 2022, by Thanksgiving in the United States. Director Stella Maggie co-wrote the script for the film with Anthony McCarten. Maggie’s latest work as a director and screenwriter is the 2020 film “Photography”. Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield starred in it.
Clive Davis, a former Houston agent, said he was “very disappointed” with two documentaries about the singer: “Whitney: Can I Be Me?” 2017 and “Whitney” 2018 directed by Kevin MacDonald. Talking about a potential biopic, he stressed that he would not “close his eyes” to Houston’s fight against addiction and her relationship with Robin Crawford. In 2019, the latter released the scandalous memoir A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston, in which she said that they had a romantic relationship with the singer.