Sony Picture has released a new trailer for “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” which is upcoming Whitney Huston biopic starring Naomi Ackie.
The film assembled the incredible staff members, helmed by “Harriet” director Kasi Lemmons, penned by “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” writer Anthony Mccarten. A highly anticipated holiday season film, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” revealed a “no-holds-barred” portrait of of the complex and multifaceted artist behind her amazing voice. Ackie tackles Houston’s highs and lows of turbulent life, starting from her early childhood as a New Jersey choir girl to becoming one of the best-selling and most-awarded recording artists of all time.
The trailer showcases Ackie’s recreation of Houston’s powerful voice, features scenes of her giving birth to her daughter, meeting her husband Bobby Brown, and fight with her father John about the direction of her career. At one point, he sued her for $100 million before he died, it seems that the film will be touched on those subjects.
The film also features a star-studded cast, including Tamara Tunie as Cissy Houston, Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown, Nafessa Williams as Robyn Crawford, Clarke Peters as John Houston, Stanley Tucci as record exec Clive Davis.
Ackie spoke with Entertainment weekly, I’m going to try my best because that woman — it sends shivers down my spine how much she means to me, the world, Black women, African American women,” she said at the time. “I’m going to throw my everything into making sure she is represented properly.” “I just want to tell her story. And I think when I’m able to simplify it down to that, I’ll be able to handle the pressure,” Ackie added.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is set to release exclusively in movie theaters on Dec. 23.