Who Should Play Whitney Houston?

March 2, 2012  |  
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When news of the possible Whitney Houston biopic got out, everyone had suggestions as to who should play the music legend. Not a week after her untimely death, young actresses and singers were penned as the “perfect women” to immortalize the Newark-born singer. Maybe as a way of coping, we thought how one-of-a-kind Whitney was and how great it would be to see her journey in film. A mix of great, bad and just wrong— we compiled a list of who’s been thrown out there for the role and who we think would be a good choice.

Meagan Good
Good says she was close with Whitney and they discussed her playing Houston in a biopic. She told E! Online they “were fairly in the beginning stages,” of carving out the film. Not sure if Good can pull the sassy, spirited personality  of Whitney off but we’d like to see her try.
Keri Hilson
Hilson has a lot of haters, we know. You may be one of them. But! She can carry a note and has great respect for Houston. Out of mere gratitude for Houston’s influence on young Black women, Hilson would probably do her best to play the role of a lifetime.
Rihanna
SMH. Just…sigh, SMH. Rihanna has supposedly been asked to audition for the role, but this is just a bad idea on five thousand levels. We doubt she can act (no shots, plain truth), she looks nothing like Whitney, sounds nothing like Whitney, and is a PR mess right now. Not a good look.
Jennifer Hudson
We love J-Hud as much as the next “Dreamgirls” fan, but just because she knows the woman’s songs and sang last-minute at the Grammy’s doesn’t mean she should play Whitney. Although Hudson is not a bad actress, her in this role just doesn’t seem like a good fit.
Jordin Sparks
The 22-year-old American-Idol winner has a hint of innocence with the strong drive that Whitney had in her early career. It would be interesting to see if she can tap into that “I’m Every Woman” attitude and make the most of the role.
Brandy Norwood 
This is still a bit of a sore spot. There’s no question that Brandy can sing and act. But her loose association with Whitney the night of her death put a shadow over her playing the role. “The Game” actress did love her Whitney though
Willow Smith
Maybe it’s a personal bias but just because your father has done a few good biopics, doesn’t mean you can too. For a young Whitney, she may work but her audition should get the same criticism less-famous pre-teens get.
Teiarra Mari
The Detroit-bred singer knows what it’s like to go from the hood to Hollywood. Outside of “Love & Hip Hop” the 24-year-old has acted (haha) in two movies and is looking for more challenging roles.
Raven-Symone
Since the age of toddler-hood Symone has been acting and most of her work has been for the kiddy circuit. Playing Whitney would again, be a challenge, and transition her into more serious acting. But we ain’t mad if she’s not interested, shoot…Disney pays well.
Anika Noni Rose
Threw you off with this one, hunh? But think about it. Rose would actually be perfect playing Whitney. She’s got the glowing skin of a teenage, but can also look older. She’s a great singer. Amazing actress. And looks most like “The Bodyguard” actress. Is our girl crush obvious?
Bobbi Kristina Brown 
Ok, obviously she’s grieving right now. But she was extremely close to her mother and no one in the world (besides Cissy) loved Whitney more. Her close relationship with her mother would help with the accuracy of the role. Plus, she already looks like her and the process may help her heal.
Thoughts? Anyone else who could play Whitney to-a-tee?

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