If you were in doubt whether or not Yaya DaCosta could impersonate Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic Whitney, this new clip from Lifetime (above) can possibly lessen your uncertainties.
DaCosta did an exceptional job with Whitney’s renowned gestures as she performs “I Will Always Love You.”
In fact, according to Lifetime, DaCosta spent hours on YouTube watching Whitney Houston “Speak, sing, walk, dance, and laugh” to prepare for this prestigious role.
All of Houston’s vocal performances in the film are sung by Deborah Cox. The music featured in the film includes Houston’s well-known hits such as: “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “I Will Always Love You.” The film also includes Bobby Brown “Every Little Step.”
Whitney will air this Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 8pm ET/PT.
Also, after the world premiere, Lifetime will air an hour-long documentary, “Beyond the Headlines: Whitney Houston” at 10pm. It will provide a keen insight on the life and death of Houston along with interviews from friends, colleagues and industry insiders. Beyond the Headlines: Whitney Houston is produced by Peacock Productions.
Furthermore, below is a new behind-the-scenes clip from the film featuring Angela Bassett (director), discussing her motives to deliver the story of the legendary Whitney Houston:
The role of director is a tremendous responsibility. I put my faith in the actors and serve them. In this movie, you’ll see the ‘home Whitney,’ the ‘glam Whitney.’ I fight every day to get it as right as we can. You want to honor their humanity. Whitney Houston was on the highest pedestal and she fell the furthest. She was an incredible artist and human being.”
– Sherley (Sherleybee_)