Kasi Lemmons to immediate Naomi Ackie in Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Any person

Eve’s Bayou and Harriet director Kasi Lemmons has stepped into the chair vacated by Stella Meghie to immediate Naomi Ackie in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Deadline cite good outdated ‘creative differences’ when it will come to the departure of The Photograph’s Stella Meghie, but she will stay on in an government producer purpose. Instead the biopic will be in the hands of Lemmons, who discovered that she has a vested interest in the late singer’s lifetime acquiring “developed two tasks for Whitney”, where by she had a probability to meet up with the star of The Bodyguard and Ready to Exhale. Lemmons commented that “She was a huge, incomparable artist, and her tale is as awe-inspiring as it is tragic. I come to feel privileged to be part of bringing her daily life story and new music to the audience.”

Embodying the singer will be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Master of None‘s Naomi Ackie, who beat a host of actresses to the function. She reported of the information that “Preparing to participate in Whitney Houston has been an extraordinary encounter. I have uncovered so a lot a lot more about her and myself than I could have imagined. I’m so fired up to get on that movie set and honor her legacy! With Kasi on board, I know we can build some thing actually amazing.”

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I Wanna Dance With Somebody is published by Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Academy Award nominated Anthony McCarten, and is staying generated with the full blessing of The Houston Estate.

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