Same Script, Different Cast: Yaya DaCosta Cast As Whitney Houston In Lifetime Biopic

June 7, 2014  |  


Huffington Post reports that actress Yaya DaCosta has been cast as Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s 2015 biopic based on the late entertainer’s life.

DaCosta began to make a name for herself first appearing on Cycle 3 of “America’s Top Model”. But quickly made her way around Hollywood snagging roles in “Ugly Betty”, “All My Children”, Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” and a number of independent films.

In the film, DaCosta will play Houston during her early success in the music industry and during her volatile relationship with singer, Bobby Brown.

The film, tentatively titled “Whitney Houston” will be the directorial debut for actress Angela Bassett who starred alongside Houston in the fan-favorite “Waiting To Exhale”. She said in a statement:

“I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”

DaCosta hails from Harlem, New York and is of African-American, Brazilian and Nigerian descent. She is a graduate of Brown University. She married independent film producer and director Joshua Bee Alafia in 2012 and gave birth to their son Sankara in fall of 2013.

Unlike the Houston family who has been very vocal about being against the making of this film, I must say I’m not mad at this choice at all. DaCosta has built up an incredible résumé in a short time and is decent actress who could offer this film some variety from the handful of black actresses we often see cast repeatedly in every film. She’s got the look and the energy and I’m curious to see how well she emulates the singer.

Do you think DaCosta is a good choice?

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