New Trailer For Whitney Houston Biopic Reveals It Will Handle “Not Black Sufficient” Criticism

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A brand new trailer for Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Any individual has been launched. The movie is slated to premiere in December.

A brand new trailer for Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Any individual is right here. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, the movie will showcase the hardships Houston confronted all through her profession previous to her premature dying in 2012. Actress Naomi Ackie stars as Houston, whereas the rest of the ensemble solid contains Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown, Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis, Nafessa Williams as Robyn Crawford, Tamara Tunie as Cissy Houston, and Clarke Peters as John Houston.

One scene within the trailer exhibits Houston talking with a radio host towards criticism that her music “isn’t Black sufficient.”

“My complete life, ‘She ain’t Black sufficient, she ain’t white sufficient,’” she tells the host. “I sing what I wish to sing, be how I wish to be.”

The trailer additionally chronicles different moments throughout Houston’s storied profession, together with her legendary 1991 Tremendous Bowl efficiency of the “Nationwide Anthem.”

In a recent interview with NME, Ackie talked in regards to the audition course of for portraying Houston, crediting her position as Gloria in 2021 movie, The Rating.

“I had fairly intense stage fright singing in entrance of individuals. It all the time made me nervous to do it after I’m not on a stage the place I can’t see anybody,” she stated. “So having to sing so much in entrance of the blokes half-prepared me for the stuff that I’ve to do in I Wanna Dance With Any individual. It was a very good step in the direction of that.”

Previous to portraying Houston, Ackie acted in British movies Girl Macbeth, The Corrupted and Yardie, in addition to the 2019 action-adventure Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The London-born actress will subsequent star in Zoë Kravitz’s directorial debut Pussy Island, and science-fiction movie Mickey7.

Watch the brand new trailer for I Wanna Dance With Any individual, which premieres December 23, beneath.