The British actress Naomi Ackie is to play Whitney Houston in a brand new movie in regards to the late singer’s life.
I Wanna Dance With Any individual will likely be scripted by Anthony McCarten, who wrote Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody.
Ackie, 28, from east London gained a Bafta TV Award earlier this 12 months for her efficiency within the Channel 4 sequence The Finish of the F***ing World.
She has additionally appeared in Physician Who, Yardie, and performed Jannah in 2019 movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In a press release to Selection and The Hollywood Reporter , director Stella Meghie stated: “We spent the higher a part of the final 12 months in an exhaustive seek for an actress who may embody Whitney Houston.
“Naomi Ackie impressed us at each stage of the method. I used to be moved by her means to seize the stage presence of a worldwide icon whereas bringing humanity to her inside life.”
I Wanna Dance With Any individual will observe the life and occasions of Houston, and comes scorching on the heels of the success of movies comparable to Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, which was based mostly on the life and music of Sir Elton John.
Houston, who died in 2012, was greatest identified for hits comparable to Saving All My Love For You and I Will At all times Love You. She made her performing debut reverse Kevin Costner within the 1992 romantic thriller The Bodyguard.
Music mogul Clive Davis, who labored intently with Houston and is likely one of the producers on the brand new movie, stated Ackie’s display check “was so highly effective, it despatched shivers up my backbone”.
“Though Whitney’s incomparable vocals are used for all of the songs, Naomi’s extraordinary performing vary permits her to masterfully seize Whitney’s distinctive allure, star energy and, after all, her private struggles,” he stated. “Naomi is the true deal and I can’t think about a more sensible choice for this iconic position.