A Lifetime TV movie based on the life of the late Whitney Houston has been confirmed for airing later this year.
The biopic, which will see America’s Next Top Model runner-up Yaya Dacosta play Houston, is the directional debut of Angela Bassett, who told Entertainment Weekly that the film won’t address Whitney’s tragic death.
“She had to play out her choices and the consequences of them in a very hot, glaring spotlight, but we’re not interested in dragging her life through the much again”, the filmmaker said.
The film will however focus on the late singer’s turbulent marriage to Bobby Brown, though Bassett told that the portrayal of Houston’s ex-husband wouldn’t be the negative one that people might expect given how their marriage, which ended in 2007, was played out in the press.
Bassett spend time with the couple while Houston filmed her 1995 film Waiting To Exhale. Speaking to EW about Brown she said, “He wasn’t loud, he wasn’t over the top, he was very grounded and supportive and loving, without trying”.
Houston was found dead at the age of 48 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in February 2012. The cause of death was ruled as “accidental drowning exacerbated by atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”.
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