A film primarily based on the lifetime of late pop icon Whitney Houston is sure for the large display screen this winter.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons and due out Dec. 21, “I Wanna Dance with Anyone” is billed as “an emotional, energetic journey by means of Houston’s profession and music.” The six-time Grammy winner is portrayed by Naomi Ackie, whose credit embody “Star Wars: Episode IX ― The Rise of Skywalker” and Netflix’s “Grasp of None.”

Sony Footage gave followers a primary have a look at “I Wanna Dance with Anyone” Thursday by way of a brand new trailer. In it, Ackie may be seen re-creating a few of Houston’s most memorable profession triumphs, like her 1991 Super Bowl performance and the music video for 1999’s “It’s Not Proper However It’s OK.”

The film additionally stars Stanley Tucci, who’s nearly unrecognizable within the trailer. The actor performs Clive Davis, the Arista Information founder credited with discovering Houston at a New York nightclub within the early Nineteen Eighties.

Catch the trailer for “I Wanna Dance with Anyone” beneath.

Actors Tamara Tunie and Ashton Sanders co-star as Houston’s mom Cissy and ex-husband Bobby Brown, respectively.

Houston died in 2012 at age 48. Her loss of life was dominated an unintentional drowning with the “results of atherosclerotic coronary heart illness and cocaine use” as contributing elements, according to the coroner’s report.

Early responses to the film trailer have been blended. Although many viewers have praised Ackie’s efficiency, others have expressed doubts over screenwriter Anthony McCarten.

A two-time Academy Award nominee, McCarten wrote the screenplay for 2018’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about legendary rock band Queen. Although actor Rami Malek gained an Oscar for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the film was criticized for glossing over the singer’s sexuality and Parsi background.

Robyn Crawford (left) and Whitney Houston in 1988.

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Like Mercury, Houston had struggles with drug and alcohol dependancy throughout her lifetime. According to Brown and different sources, she was additionally bisexual. In 2019, Houston’s longtime confidante Robyn Crawford confirmed that she and the singer had been in a romantic relationship within the ’80s.

Whether or not “I Wanna Dance with Anyone” will contact on any of that is still to be seen. Talking to People this week, nonetheless, Ackie stated the film examines “elements of her life that we find out about however by means of the scope of her personal inner world.”

“Followers can anticipate to see her life like we see are our personal,” she explained. “Ups and downs, triumphs and disappointments, all of it mixing collectively to make up a life.”

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