08:34 AM EDT 12/19/2014



Watch the Trailer for Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic

Originally posted 12/06/2014 04:10PM

Whitney Houston's iconic life and career is coming to Lifetime in January, and the trailer is finally here.

Whitney is the directorial debut for Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett, who worked with Houston on Waiting to Exhale in 1995.

The film stars Harlem native Yaya DaCosta, 32, as the singer, who died in February 2012. DaCosta got her start on cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model in 2004. She has since gone on to do films such as 2006's Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas, and 2013's The Butler.

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Chiquis Rivera Will Play Her Late Mother, Jenni, in Upcoming Film

Chiquis Rivera Will Play Her Late Mother, Jenni, in Upcoming Film

Originally posted 10/16/2013 05:15PM

She looks so much like her mom that this is pretty much a no-brainer: Janney "Chiquis" Rivera has been cast to play her late mother, Jenni, in a new film being made about the singer.

Chiquis, 28, is the oldest daughter of the Mexican-American singer, actress and reality star, who died in a plane crash in December 2012 at the age of 43.

The biopic, which is being made in collaboration with the Rivera family, will mark her acting debut and she is reportedly prepping for the role by taking singing and acting lessons.

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