British actress Naomi Ackie starred as Whitney Houston within the upcoming biopic “I Wish to Dance With Somebody”.

Naomi Ackie and Whitney Houston

#Roommates, after several updates to the project, the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic “I Want To Dance With Someone” appears to have mastered the daunting task of starring. It has just been confirmed that British actress Naomi Ackie will play icon Whitney Houston in the biography currently slated for release in 2022.

@Deadline reports that BAFTA winner Naomi Ackie is officially following in the legendary footsteps of Whitney Houston when the British actress just starred in the Sony / TriStar biography “I Want To Dance With Someone” directed by Stella Meghie whose most recent film was the romantic drama “The Photograph” by Issa Rae.

“We’ve spent most of the last year looking for an actress who could portray Whitney Houston,” Meghie said in a statement. “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 and at the same time bring humanity into her inner life. “

In case you’re unfamiliar with her work, Ackie’s past actors include “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” Netflix’s “The End of Kings,” and Amazon Prime’s limited edition series “Small Ax.”

As we reported back in August, this will be the first feature film, although there have been TV biographies and documentaries about the life of Whitney Houston. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is produced by Pat Houston for the Houston Estate, Clive Davis, and others. The film will also have the right to use all of Whitney’s hits, which no other project documenting her life has ever had.

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