Ashton Sanders is to step into the shoes of Bobby Brown in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody‘.
The new feature is based upon the life of the late musical legend – portrayed on-screen by Naomi Ackie.
Whitney Houston remains one of the most successful music artists of all time; selling over 200 million records worldwide and boasting two Emmys and 8 Grammy awards. Her rendition of Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You‘ for ‘The Bodyguard‘, became the best-selling single by a female artist in history. The film’s soundtrack remains the best-selling of all time.
A remake of ‘The Bodyguard‘ was recently announced. The original film released in 1992, starring Houston and Kevin Costner. News of the remake inspired a somewhat mixed response from fans, with some believing it was disrespectful to Houston.
Kasi Lemmons is directing the film, with Anthony McCarten on board as writer. Producing on behalf of Houston’s estate is Pat Houston; alongside Clive Davis, Larry Mestel, Dennis O’Sullivan, Jeff Kallingheri and Matt Jackson. They are joined by Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill – producers from the new film financer, Black Label Media.
Deadline first reported news of Sanders’ casting. The 25-year-old is best known for his award-winning portrayal of Chiron in ‘Moonlight‘. He has also enjoyed roles in ‘The Equalizer 2‘, ‘Captive State‘ and ‘Judas and the Black Messiah‘.
‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody‘ is scheduled to arrive on December 23, 2022.
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