I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a planned Whitney Houston biopic, has released its first trailer. The movie, titled “no holds barred picture of the complicated and multifaceted lady behind The Voice,” is set to make its debut in December, according to Sony.
The film’s star, Naomi Ackie, plays the renowned American vocalist. Among other things, the actress is well-known for playing Bonnie in the acclaimed drama series The End of the F***ing World on Netflix.
Ackie is joined by Stanley Tucci in the role of Clive Davis, a record producer and businessman who is credited with helping to establish Houston’s career. In the meantime, the movie’s producer is the real Clive Davis.
Ashton Sanders, who plays Bobby Brown, Houston’s husband, Tamara Tunie, who plays her mother, and Clarke Peters, who plays her father, round out the cast. Robyn Crawford, the singer’s close friend and assistant, will be portrayed by Nafessa Williams.
The focus of the trailer is Houston’s ascent to fame following Davis’ discovery of her, as well as how she came to be criticized, with one man informing her that her music “isn’t Black enough.”
“Look, I don’t know how to sing Black, and I don’t know how to sing white either. I know how to sing,” Houston retorts.
Anthony McCarten, who wrote the screenplay for Bohemian Rhapsody, is I Wanna Dance With Somebody’s director.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody has a trailer that you can view before it hits theaters on December 21.