Entertain Weekly unveiled the first look at Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston. Although the movie doesn’t premiere until 2015 on the Lifetime network, it is already in production.

In the photo released, DaCosta is channeling the cover of Houston’s  1987 Whitney album, although it’s promising– you have to admit that trying to channel the R&B diva will be a tough job.


DaCosta told Entertainment Weekly that her modeling background came in handy during the shoot. “I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” she said.

The movie, directed by Houston’s “Waiting to Exhale” costar Angela Bassett, has come under scrutiny from Houston’s family, including her former manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston, as well as Bobbi Kristina.

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