More than a decade after Whitney Houston’s untimely death, the biopic I want to dance with someone will dramatize her story on the big screen. The Sony film, produced by the singer’s manager and sister-in-law, Patricia “Pat” Huston, as well as her mentor, recording executive Clive Davis, unveiled its trailer on Thursday.
The two-minute clip features a young version of the future star (Naomi Ackie, of Master of None and The end of the F***ing world) giving an impressive rendition of “How Will I Know” as Davis (played by Stanley Tucci) watches from the audience. “I may have just heard the best voice of her generation,” he says.
There are scenes showing Houston hearing her track on the radio for the first time, singing in church, stepping out at the 1991 Super Bowl to deliver a stunning rendition of the national anthem, and leaving her 1992 wedding to fellow artist Bobby Brown. Houston is told that “a common criticism” is that her music “isn’t black enough,” to which she quickly responds, “Look, I don’t know how to sing black, and I don’t know how to sing white. I know how to sing.”
While the excerpt notes that the film is from Anthony McCarten, the writer of the 2018 Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsodydoes not mention that Davis and Pat Houston are producers.
Fans seemed to applaud the project, which focuses more on the Emmy winner’s music than her private life, including her drug addiction, her tumultuous relationship with Brown and her queer relationship with her best friend, Robyn Crawford. It has been compared to the 2015 Lifetime biopic starring Yaya DaCosta and directed by one of Houston’s Waiting for exhalation co-stars Angela Bassett. (It was clear to describe her tumultuous years with Brown.)
“I’m speechless! I wish she was here to see her story properly told. But I’m so excited to see this movie. It looks so good!” Brit Nicole commented below the YouTube trailer.
Marcel wrote, “Career based not drugs is enough for me. We’re here for it.”
Helen Smith added, “Finally not about life and tvone. A real feature film about the Queen.”
“Say what you want, but Naomi Ackie looks great as Whitney Houston,” wrote JaylenExclusive. “The fact that the trailer didn’t show drugs let me know they focused on the right thing. HER VOICE, and it’s about time. Yes, drugs will be shown because they were apart of her matches, but I’m glad that her main focus it’s her voice, the tribute Whitney deserves. She was more than her demons!!!”
“Oh I can’t wait to go see this,” im Hatten wrote, “and just looking at this trailer I already know this movie is going to be A MILLION TIMES better than that crappy Lifetime biopic (with Yaya DeCosta who plays Whitney )”
said Brown himself Advertising sign in May that he was optimistic I want to dance with someone he would focus more on his ex-wife’s talent and achievements.
“I really hope they let her rest and also let our relationship rest,” Brown said. “I don’t know anything about the biopic Clive is making. But I hope it doesn’t dip into our relationship. Hopefully it’s more about the music and not her personal life.”
I want to dance with someone arrives in theaters on Wednesday, December 21.