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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    Too pretty to play Whitney

  • Yolanda Harris

    I’ve never seen YaYa act, but I think this is a good casting
    choice. I hope she does the part justice.

  • Mizz Organizer

    This project is premature. Wait until the 10th anniversary of her passing and no, Ya Ya isn’t the right choice. This role is for Vivian A. Fox hands down not just because of her physical features but her acting skills & ability to appeal to both pop & urban markets.

  • pika12

    I agree. I’m optimistic about Yaya, hope she does a great job.

  • Jake

    Too early for this… Whitney is barely cold in the ground.

  • Illeana

    Absolutely the right choice. Yaya is going to do an excellent job.

  • nikki001

    I am a big fan of Whitney Houston. Since her debut in 1986. I really want someone who can capture the spirit of Whitney Houston. I’ve not seen any of YaYa’s work but I hope she can capture what made Whitney…Whitney. She was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and TALENTED. She was just crazy enough where she didn’t take any mess off anybody (remember the interview with Wendy Williams LOL). She was endearing, even at her lowest you wanted to see her overcome and make a comeback. As big a star as she became she was still down to earth and real.

    I hope the script and acting does her the justice she deserves. RIP Whitney.

  • Derek Rule

    I’m kinda perplexed at Angela Basset directing this or even wanting to. Not that she’s incapable of doing a good job. But I remember that during the making of “Waiting to Exhale” and after, there was all this talk of how Angela and Whitney bumped heads, and not getting along. And I never heard of them making up, or at least being on friendly terms later on.

    • pika12

      “all this talk”…don’t believe everything you hear. Rumors are rumors, it’s just crazy to assume they’re factual. Whitney never said anything negative about Angela as far as I know. Angela seems to be professional, don’t jump to conclusions based on rumors. I just hope she is ready for something of this magnitude. I wish both her and Yaya the best because I want the movie to do Whitney justice and be enjoyable.

  • BobbyBrownsUnhingedLowerJaw

    very good choice. she will do great. it will be another 10-20 years before a real Whitney Houston story is made for the big screen. the actress that will portray her and knock it out of the park hasn’t been born yet….you read it here first.

  • uniquefashionista

    Wow, I think she’s an excellent choice. I remember Yaya from ANTM and some of her earlier acting gigs. She never crossed my mind, but I can see it. Whitney was a model, Yaya was a model, Whitney started acting, Yaya started acting, they both have that tall, thin frame, the hair………I could go on and on. I like this choice.

  • blogdiz

    Congrats glad to see some fresh faces getting a break she stood out to me with her fro in the Butler (dont watch ANTM )
    Phew at least they didnt cast Zoe Saldana …LOL

  • suganspice68

    Yaya looks like a younger version of Whitney Houston, I wonder who will portray Bobbi Kristina and Bobby Brown?

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  • hi-liter

    What a delightful surprise. Yaya wasn’t even on my radar for this project. And her acting skills aren’t bad either.

  • Melissa Lowe

    Angela is a Fantastic choice in directing a film about Whitney Houston..I’m not familiar with Yaya but I definitely sure Angela will not make a bad choice.

  • kiki j

    She has the look. I just hope she has the WH attitude.

  • alexistee

    This seems like it could be a really good choice. I can’t wait to watch it!

  • MzBrenda Tyson

    She’s amazing but I don’t think this movie is right for her. But I’m still going to watch it

  • Selena McQueen

    Yesssssss I’m so happy for her I love Yaya she’s an amazing and beautiful person I think this will do great things for her career

    • MiaSara

      I agree. She’s so humble and sweet, and with Angela at the helm they will rock this out!

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