It’s been almost nine years since the singing sensation Whitney Houston left us. But, her songs and performances still make our day. Considering her fandom and hard-earned fame, Sony is all set to prepare a biopic based on Houston’s life. The movie is titled “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” And it seems like the new movie has found its Whitney Houston.
Biopics based on musicians are getting a lot of heat these days. Films like 8 Mile, Bohemian Rhapsody, and I am not there are just a few to name. However, we are pretty sure “I wanna Dance WIth Somebody” will receive the same love and praise. Considering Whitney Houston’s popularity and her legacy, Sony’s new project will definitely be a blockbuster.
Noami Ackie has joined the cast as the lead of the new film. She will enact the reel life version of Whitney Houston. And the director of the biopic cannot argue but agree on why Ackie is the right choice for the role.
Stella Meghie will be directing the film, whereas Anthony McCarten is penning down the screenplay. McCarten also wrote the script for Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic based on the musician Freddie Mercury.
Why Ackie Is The Right “Reel” Whitney Housten?
Stella Meghie made clear in an interview why she believes that Mackie is the right person to play Houston in the movie. Meghie said that her team spent the entire 2019 to find the right actress to play Houston. They were exhausted, but now they can finally rest.
Meghie told the interviewer that Ackie impressed her at every stage of the process. She also said that Ackie has the ability to enact the life of the legendary singer; While bringing humanity to her interior life.
“Naomi Ackie’s screen test was so powerful, it sent shivers up my spine,” says Clive Davis. Advis is one of the producers of the film. He further noted that although the movie uses Whitney’s original vocals in the movie, Ackie’s fantastic acting perfectly brings out the unique charm and stage presence Whitney possessed. In the end, he said that Ackie is a real deal, and he can not imagine a better choice for the iconic role.
On behalf of Whitney’s estate, Pat Houston is producing the film, and she mentioned her views as well. She said that all Whitney fans are accustomed to perfection when it comes to Whitney and her legacy. And she thinks that the decision of selecting Naomi Ackie will not dissatisfy the fans.
Naomi Ackie’s Other Credits
Undoubtedly, Naomi Ackie proved herself while auditioning for Whitney Housten’s role. Moreover, she has also showcased her talent in other shows and movies.
Ackie grabbed a BAFTA award for her work in “The End Of F***Ing World.” Her credits also include her roles in “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” and the anthology series, “Small Axe” by Steve McQueen.
Besides appearing in “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Ackie will also be seen in the musical Heist “The Score” with Will Poulter and Johnny Flynn.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” will release sometime in 2022. And details on other characters are not revealed at the moment.