Whitney Houston Biopic: Yaya DaCosta Sings ‘I Will Always Love You’ in New Trailer

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The Lifetime Original Movie Whitney, is set to premiere in a few days and in a last effort to get people interested, the network has released another teaser, this time with Yaya DaCosta performing the late singer’s classic hit “I Will Always Love You.”

In the trailer, DaCosta takes the stage to perform the song, mimicking the singer’s mannerisms almost to a tee. Meanwhile the vocals for the performance are provided by Deborah Cox.

The film marks the directorial debut of Angela Bassett, who promises to give her best effort to deliver the story as accurately as possible.

“The role of director is a tremendous responsibility, ” she admits. “I put my faith in the actors and serve them. In this movie, you will see the ‘home Whitney,’ the ‘glam Whitney.’ I fight everyday to get it as right as we can. You want to honor their humanity.”

Whitney premieres on Lifetime on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. After the film, the cable network will broadcast a one-hour documentary, Beyond the Headlines: Whitney Houston (10 p.m. ET/PT), that will take a look at the rise and fall of the singer and will feature interviews with close friends and colleagues.

Watch the trailer below and get behind-the-scenes footage here!

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(Photo Credit: Lifetime)