Deborah Cox Lends Her Voice To Whitney Houston Biopic
The Whitney Houston biopic is being directed by Angela Bassett and has been in production for the last two weeks in Los Angeles. Former America’s Top Model contestant, Yaya DaCosta has been cast to play Whitney, and Belize born actor Arlen Escarpata has been cast to play Bobby Brown. R&B singer Deborah Cox, who has often said Whitney was her mentor, has recently been added to be a part of the film. The film will showcase Whitney’s music, but Ms. Cox will re-record any featured songs in the movie.
As of yet, Lifetime has only obtained permission from the music publishers. According to a representative from Lifetime, Cox will supply the “vocal tracks” for the movie. The Lifetime representative also stated, “the music rights and clearances are still being worked out.” There has been some controversy surrounding the movie. When the Whitney biopic was first announced, the Houston family threatened to file a lawsuit. They felt that Whitney’s life was more than a “Made for TV” movie and that it deserved to be on the big screen. There was also push back from Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Christina; who felt no one could do a better job of playing her mom than she could. The film will debut on Lifetime in 2015.
Source: essence.com, theroot.com