The first trailer for the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody came out today. British actress Naomi Acke stars as Houston in the Kasi Lemmons-directed feature. Ashton Sanders plays Bobby Brown, Nafessa Williams portrays Robyn Crawford, Tamara Tunie is Cissy Houston and Stanley Tucci was cast as Clive Davis. The movie will look at Houston’s life and the challenges she faced in becoming the most respected voice of her generation and a timeless legend. Anthony McCarten, the screenwriter responsible for the story for the Freddie Mercury feature Bohemian Rhapsody, wrote I Wanna Dance With Somebody. The trailer is a quick rundown of Houston’s wedding to Bobby Brown, her destined meeting with Clive Davis, Robyn Crawford’s presence in her life and early guidance from her mother Cissy Houston.
Houston has been the subject of five documentaries since her passing in 2012. Angela Bassett directed the Whitney documentary for Lifetime in 2015. Nick Broomfield’s Whitney: Can I Be Me debuted on Showtime in 2017. The Houston-estate authorized Whitney directed by Kevin Macdonald hit theaters in 2018. In 2021, Lifetime released Whitney Houston & Bobbi Kristina: Didn’t We Almost Have It All.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody will be in theaters on December 21st.