Naomi Ackie is in final exchanges to depict Whitney Houston in Sony’s upcoming melodic biopic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
Stella Meghie (“The Photograph”) is coordinating the film from a screenplay by “Bohemian Rhapsody” essayist Anthony McCarten. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is scheduled to deliver at Thanksgiving of 2022.
“We spent the better part of the last year in an exhaustive search for an actress who could embody Whitney Houston. Naomi Ackie impressed us at every stage of the process. I was moved by her ability to capture the stage presence of a global icon while bringing humanity to her interior life,” Meghie said.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” follows the life and seasons of Houston, the famous artist behind immortal hits like “I Will Always Love You” and “How Will I Know.” Houston, who passed on in 2012, made her acting presentation in the 1992 romantic thriller “The Bodyguard.”
“Naomi Ackie’s screen test was so powerful, it sent shivers up my spine,” said Clive Davis, one of the film’s makers. “Although Whitney’s incomparable vocals are used for all the songs, Naomi’s extraordinary acting range enables her to masterfully capture Whitney’s unique charm, star power and, of course, her personal struggles. Naomi is the real deal and I can’t imagine a better choice for this iconic role.”
Pat Houston, who is delivering for Whitney Houston’s domain, added, “All Whitney fans have an appetite for perfection when it comes to Whitney and her Legacy. To transform someone into a matchless Icon is virtually impossible but with careful consideration Naomi Ackie was selected based on her quality performances and her deep commitment to emerging into the woman that we all loved. We look forward to taking this journey with her.”
Ackie as of late won a BAFTA for her part in Netflix’s “The End of the F***Ing World.” She likewise showed up in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and Steve McQueen’s collection series “Small Axe.” She will star next in the heist musical “The Score” with Will Poulter and Johnny Flynn.
Larry Mestel will likewise deliver benefit of Primary Wave Music, which is an accomplice of the Whitney Houston domain. Denis O’Sullivan (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Jeff Kalligheri (“Submergence”), who are financing and co-delivering through Compelling Pictures. Nicole Brown, Shary Shirazi, and Brittany Morrissey will direct the undertaking for TriStar Pictures.
Ackie is repped by CAA, Hamilton Hodell, Range Media Partners, Peikoff Mahan and Personal PR.
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