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  • Writer's pictureEd Gaines

Whitney Houston Biopic Casts Naomi Ackie in Lead Role

Naomi Ackie is in final negotiations to portray Whitney Houston in Sony’s upcoming musical biopic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

Ackie appeared in Netflix’s “The End of the F***Ing World", as well as “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and Steve McQueen’s anthology series “Small Axe.” She will star next in the heist musical “The Score” with Will Poulter and Johnny Flynn.

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” follows the life and times of Whitney Houston, the iconic artist behind timeless hits like “I Will Always Love You” and “How Will I Know.” Houston, who died in 2012, made her acting debut in the 1992 romantic thriller “The Bodyguard.”

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is slated to release at Thanksgiving of 2022.

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