Whitney Houston's been dead for 18 days now, so it's about time movie execs got down to making a biopic on her life.
And, if reports are to be believed, Rihanna is in the running to play the late 'I Will Always Love You' star!
According to The Daily Mail, Clive Davis, Houston’s friend and manager, is the driving force behind the project; he's desperate to finalise a script and begin shooting right away. To be fair to him, he probably doesn't have much on his plate now that his BFF has joined the heavenly choir.
However, the movie is NOT trying to cash in on her death; it's been in the works for some time:
“Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead,” a source told the site."
It seems that Rihanna has a fight on her hands for the role, as Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks are also being considered for the starring role. However, after the 'Only Girl In The World' turned down a role in the remake of Houston classic, 'The Bodyguard', we're not even sure she'd want this highly coveted part. As RiRi told Ok Magazine at the time:
"I hate it when singers do singing movies all the time, because you can never look at them as anybody else. I want to play a character. My whole life is playing Rihanna, [so] being a singer [in a film] won't be a stretch for me. I like challenges, and being an actor is playing a role, being able to step into somebody else's shoes, that's the excitement."
Yiesh, that sounds pretty final... although the offer to take on the entire life of an iconic singer such as Whitney Houston may tempt her to change her mind. And when we say ENTIRE life, we mean that she'll be sharing it with Willow Smith, the ideal candidate for Houston in her childhood years.
A source close to the movie informed People UK that they're taking their inspiration from another famous biopic:
"It’s hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie 'What’s Love Got To Do With It,' which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner."
Who do you think should play Whitney Houston in the biopic of her life?