British actress Naomi Ackie to play Whitney Houston in film biopic

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British actress Naomi Ackie is to play Whitney Houston in a new film about the late singer’s life.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody will be scripted by Anthony McCarten, who wrote Freddie Mercury film Bohemian Rhapsody.

In a statement to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter,┬ádirector Stella Meghie said: “We spent the better part of the last year in an exhaustive search for an actress who could embody Whitney Houston.

“Naomi Ackie impressed us at every stage of the process. I was moved by her ability to capture the stage presence of a global icon while bringing humanity to her interior life.”