The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker star embodies one of Houston’s signature poses on the poster for the biopic, which aims to give fans an inside look at her life.
According to the official description:
I Wanna Dance with Somebody is an upcoming feature about the late musical icon, Whitney Houston. Naomi Ackie stars as Whitney Houston in the musical biopic, which is based on the epic life and music of the iconic singer. Directed by Kasi Lemmons and written by Anthony McCarten, the film will take audiences on an emotional, energetic journey through Houston’s career and music.
Produced by the team who brought Queen fans 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' the film also stars Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders, Tamara Tunie, Nafessa Williams and Clarke Peters.
Tucci plays Clive Davis, the music mogul who discovered Houston, and Sanders plays New Edition star Bobby Brown, Houston’s future husband and widower. Williams takes on the role of Robyn Crawford, Houston’s close friend, confidant, and rumored lover. Peters and Tunie play Houston’s parents, John and Cissy Houston.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 21.