‘Whitney’: Lifetime Releases First Whitney Houston Biopic Trailer
The first trailer for Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic, Whitney, was released over the weekend, giving fans a first look at actress and model Yaya DaCosta as the infamous singer.
First Whitney Trailer Released
Directed by Angela Bassett, Whitney focuses on Houston’s singing career and, specifically, on her famously volatile relationship with Bobby Brown and problems with substance abuse. In the film, Houston is played by DaCosta, who first rose to fame as a finalist on America’s Next Top Model and recently played a supporting role in The Butler, and Brown is played by Arlen Escarpeta.
In the wake of Lifetime’s recent Aaliyah biopic disaster – Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B was panned by critics and viewers – Whitney is sure to meet a tough crowd, but the reactions to the trailer have been surprisingly positive.
Twitter Reacts To Whitney Trailer
The trailer for the Whitney Houston movie looks sooo good!!!!
— Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) December 4, 2014
I HAVE CHILLS! That Whitney Houston movie trailer looks SO GOOD! OMG @lifetimetv
— Known As MissterRAY (@MissterRay) December 4, 2014
okay, I may have a little hope in Yaya DaCosta in the Whitney movie. The trailer captures the real Whitney’s eccentricity.
— Mr Dalloway (@ShutUpKecy) December 8, 2014
well, judging from this trailer, the Whitney Houston joint should be alright.
— King Khi (@khilogram) December 8, 2014
Neither Brown nor his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, have commented on the trailer, though Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, expressed her displeasure with the film when it was announced.