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New Whitney Houston Biopic Trailer Released: Look + Listen

In the new trailer for the upcoming biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody, set to arrive in theaters December 23, Whitney Houston navigates a series of personal and professional challenges.

An early scene from the new clips sees Houston (portrayed by Naomi Ackie) standing her ground against a radio host who addresses criticisms that her music “isn’t Black enough.” “That’s just bull,” the superstar singer fires back. “And it makes me angry, actually. It’s hateful and uninformed. My whole life, ‘She ain’t Black enough, she ain’t white enough.’ … I sing what I want to sing, be how I want to be.”

The trailer teases the breadth of the film, with Ackie recreating several iconic moments from Houston’s career, including her landmark rendition of the National Anthem during the 1991 Super Bowl. In addition to the high points, dramatic moments include interactions with her father, John (Clarke Peters), over some of his tragic business decisions.

Along with Ackie as Houston, I Wanna Dance With Somebody stars Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis, Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown, and Tamara Tune as Houston’s mother, Cissy. The movie was directed by Kasi Lemmons and written by Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten. 

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Ph2 Mark Kettenhofen