Whitney Houston to get biopic in ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’

The author of Bohemian Rhapsody has a new musical biography: I want to dance with someoneabout the late life, great Whitney Houston. The film is directed by Kasi Lemmons and stars Naomi Ackie from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the iconic pop star – although Houston’s singing voice in the trailer is unmistakably her own.

The film, which was co-produced by longtime Houston record producer Clive Davis, chronicles her rise to stardom and fame. (Davis is played in the film by Stanley Tucci.) And yes, Houston’s husband and R&B and hip-hop star Bobby Brown is also a character in the film. He is played off Moonlight‘s Ashton Sanders.

You can watch the first trailer for the film below, which makes it look like a pretty standard musical biopic with one ace in the hole: Houston’s incredible voice and music. Take a look:

Here is the film’s official synopsis:

I Wanna Dance with Somebody is a powerful and triumphant celebration of the inimitable Whitney Houston. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, written by Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten, produced by legendary music executive Clive Davis and starring BAFTA Award® winner Naomi Ackie, the film is an uninhibited portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice . From New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time, audiences are taken on an inspiring, poignant—and oh-so-emotional—journey through Houston’s groundbreaking life and career with show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon’s most beloved hits like you’ve never heard them before. Don’t you want to dance?

I want to dance with someone is slated to open in theaters on December 21.

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