British actress Naomi Ackie best known for appearing in the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker and The End of the F***ing World is reportedly set to play Whitney Houston in the upcoming biopic about the late legendary American singer.
The biopic titled I Wanna Dance With Somebody will reportedly be directed Stella Meghie and slated for 2022 release.
Meghie spoke with The Hollywood Reporter.
“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.”
Whitney Houston was found dead in the Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub on 11 February 2012. She was aged 48 years. Houston is one of the highest selling artists of all time having sold over 200 million records during her accomplished career.