"Whitney," which is Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett's directorial debut, will follow the life story of the singer, focusing on her tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown. The music legend will be played by Yaya DaCosta, who has appeared in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "House" and "Ugly Betty."
Recent criticisms from Houston's family have brought attention to the biopic. Back in July, the singer's mother Cissy Houston told "Entertainment Tonight" that the family was "exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments." Despite the fact that Bassett had a personal relationship with Houston when they worked on the 1995 film "Waiting to Exhale," Cissy Houston said, "No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby."
On HuffPost Live back in October, Bassett responded to the film's criticisms. While the actress admitted that she didn't know the singer very intimately, she said she knows "a little about being in the spotlight, a little about celebrity and its demands."
"I know about being a woman, about being a black woman that came up in a little hometown," Basset said. We just hope it's better than Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic.
"Whitney" premieres on Jan. 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
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