Watch: First Trailer for Whitney Houston Lifetime Movie

The first trailer for Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic highlights the late songstress’ substance abuse and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.

“Whitney” marks Angela Bassett’s directorial debut and stars “America’s Next Top Model” alum and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” actress Yaya DaCosta as the troubled singer. Bassett and Houston starred together in 1995’s “Waiting to Exhale.”

Grammy nominee Deborah Cox provides the voice for DaCosta’s character.

The movie chronicles Houston’s meteoric rise from small-town church choir singer to international superstar, and her fall into the depths of addiction. Houston drowned in her hotel bathtub in February 2012, with heart disease and cocaine listed by the coroner as contributing factors in her death. She was 48.

“You need to protect the voice,” Clive Davis warns Houston in the trailer.

The network recently aired biopics on Aaliyah, Brittany Murphy and Gabby Douglas. The film premieres on January 17.

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  1. Lorease McRae says:

    Whitney Houston was a Great Singer,i loved everything about her,but she was in over her head,she will truly be missed,i saw her in Concert in 1990,she was Great,i just think she got a raw deal with the Music industry,especially when they let her lay there during Clive Davis Awards

  2. darlene says:

    first and foremost Angela Bassett is 100% correct. Bobbi christina is so way out of line.She should be ashamed of herself. She is no actress and if she wants to act she must go pay her dues! like all great actresses do. Angela Bassett is one of the most incredible actresses of all times. Thats why Bobbi Christina feels she can do this. When an actress is so incredibe like Angela Bassett they make it look easy. To Bobbi Christina,Im sorry about Your Mom, Cause God knows I loved some Whitney Houston but she made all the wrong choices in her life, Don’t you follow suit. Pray with all your heart to be the best and live long and strong. Your not ready for acting. Pay your dues.

  3. John Bozeman says:

    Will always miss you, May you rest in peace, God needed you in heaven to use that wonderful voice to share with our lost loved one’s….

  4. cdhaskell says:

    It look Angela Bassett got another winner on her hand. Good luck to the movie.

  5. Vannie says:

    I CAN totally wait to see this movie; I could wait a lifetime. The Aaliyah movie was a DISASTER on so many levels, and given that Angela B directed this, and is using D. Cox’s vocals – I expect another disaster. Everyone needs to start somewhere, but as far as directing goes, Angela should have taken on a smaller gig. . . practice a little before taking on this monster of a film. With so many talented R&B singers out there with a range more akin to Whitney’s such as Keke Wyatt – why in the world did they choose D. Cox? She can sing, but she cannot hit those Whitney notes the way someone like Keke could. . . I’m still traumatized by the Aaliyah movie, Lifetime – I don’t think I can experience another let down. Seems like the network is falling off with their biopic films.

  6. Real says:

    This was a wrong choice Angela Bassett should not have been paid to direct this movie she was given that opportunity simply because of her celebrity status. Lifetime have benefitted a lot from another female first time director who should have been given this chance.

  7. I know that life isn’t black and white but putting the blame on Bobby Brown her husband is so easy for the writer of the lifetime movie. I can’t wait to see what kind of rating that the movie will get.

  8. I truly enjoy the Whitney Houston trailer. I can’t wait to see the film on lifetime.

    • Chris says:

      Looks like they’re throwing all the blame Bobby’s way. I worked with Whitney and I have to say she was a hot mess years before he came into her life.

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