However, there is one hitch—we won’t actually be hearing the voice of Houston or Yaya DaCosta, the America’s Next Top Model hopeful turned actress who is playing her in the Angela Bassett-directed film.
Houston’s songs will be sung by R&B singer Deborah Cox!
According to a Lifetime representative, “music rights and clearances are still being worked out,” but Cox will be providing the “vocal tracks.” Yaya wil then lip-synch over Deborah’s tracks.
Deborahhas an extensive career not only singing R&B but starting in musicals and has even had a few runs on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde and in Aida.
It was announced in May that Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in Waiting to Exhale, would make her directorial debut with the Lifetime original movie about the late singer. The movie is said to be focusing on Houston’s relationship with Bobby Brown.
Earlier this week, Lifetime released the first photo of DaCosta as Houston and Arlen Escarpeta as the former New Edition singer.
TELL US: Is this what you expected? Would you ahve wanted to hear Yaya sing Whitney’s songs? Does this make you less excited to see the film?