Deborah Cox to Provide Vocals in Whitney Houston Biopic


Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will feature the late legend’s music with the vocals provided by R&B singer Deborah Cox, according to E! News.

A Lifetime rep confirmed that “music rights and clearances are still being worked out,” but Cox will be providing the “vocal tracks.”

The network announced their plans for the original movie in May, tapping Angela Bassett to make her directorial review.

Houston’s family is not involved in the production and have not been supportive of the film, but the production seems to be moving right along.

Yaya DaCosta will star as Houston in television film, and is joined by Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown. The first photo of both actors as they will appear in the film was released earlier this week.

Rounding out the cast are Yolanda Ross as Houston’s best friend Robyn Crawford, Suzzanne Douglas as her mom Cissy and Mark Rolston as Clive Davis, the music industry icon who discovered Houston in 1983.

“I really just want to tell a story about a boy and a girl who fell in love,” Bassett recently told CNN. “And these are the words and this is the place, and these are the people on the outside, you know? And I want to be as honest as I can about doing that.”

She also said that Houston’s substance abuse will be addressed. “Well, we know that drugs were a part of their story and that’s certainly an element of their story. We can’t tell their story without that,” Bassett said. “It’s involved, and I hope we can unpack it gently.”

Shooting has begun and the film is expected to premiere in early 2015.

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