Star Wars' Naomi Ackie stars as Whitney Houston in first look at new biopic

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Photo credit: TriStar Pictures
Photo credit: TriStar Pictures

British actress Naomi Ackie features in the first look at the highly anticipated Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Ackie is set to play the legendary singer in the upcoming biopic, which is based on the epic life and music of the iconic singer, and the movie has now shared a first look at the actress in action in the form of a new poster.

In the image, Ackie can be seen doing one of Houston's iconic poses as she takes to the stage for a performance.

Photo credit: TriStar Pictures
Photo credit: TriStar Pictures

The upcoming film, which is due to be released on December 23 in the UK, is named after Houston's 1987 smash hit song 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)' and has been made in cooperation with the Houston estate, with Whitney's sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston serving as a producer on the film.

Record producer Clive Davis, who signed Houston to Arista Records in 1983, is also a producer of the film, while the script has been penned by Academy Award-nominated writer Anthony McCarten, who previously wrote the scripts for the likes of Darkest Hour, Two Popes and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Alongside Ackie as Houston, the film also stars Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis, Ashton Sanders as Houston's husband Bobby Brown, Tamara Tunie as Houston's mother Cissy, Clarke Peters as Houston's father John and Nafessa Williams as Houston's former assistant and creative director Robyn Crawford.

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage - Getty Images

The movie's official synopsis reads: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody is an upcoming feature about the late musical icon, Whitney Houston.

"Naomi Ackie stars as Whitney Houston in the musical biopic, which is based on the epic life and music of the iconic singer. Directed by Kasi Lemmons and written by Academy Award Nominee Anthony McCarten, the film will take audiences on an emotional, energetic journey through Houston's career and music."

Houston, who tragically passed away in 2012, remains one of the most successful music artists of all time.

She won six Grammy Awards throughout her career, and 'I Will Always Love You' still claims the title of the best-selling single by a woman of all time.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody hits cinemas in the UK on December 23, 2022.

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