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British actress Naomi Ackie has been enlisted to play the legendary Whitney Houston in Sony’s forthcoming biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Ackie recently won a BAFTA for her role in Netflix’s “The End of the F***Ing World.” and is best known for her role in “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.”

The Photograph director Stella Meghie is directing the film from a screenplay by Bohemian Rhapsody writer Anthony McCartenPat Houston (her Sister-in-law) will produce the movie, along with music producer Clive Davis. With the backing of Houston’s estate and Davis, the movie will use the singer’s catalog, including her vocals.

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” follows Houston’s life and rise to fame, and is slated to release at Thanksgiving of 2022.