Lifetime sets 'Whitney' premiere date, film will include 4 of Houston's tracks

theGRIO REPORT - Lifetime has announced the premiere date for the long-awaited Whitney Houston biopic and says the film will include...

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Mark your calendars and set your DVR. Lifetime’s original Whitney Houston biopic premieres January 17.

The network announced today that Whitney, starring Yaya DaCosta in the title role, will feature Deborah Cox reprising Houston’s vocal performances, including her hits, “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “I Will Always Love You.”

According to Lifetime, “Whitney chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston and singer and songwriter Bobby Brown from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.”

Whitney will mark the directorial film debut for Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett.


Following the movie’s premiere, Lifetime will air the hour-long documentary Beyond the Headlines: Whitney Houston at 10pm, providing an in-depth look at the life and death of  Houston. Interviews with friends – including longtime friend Darlene Love – colleagues and industry insiders will offer personal reflections and insight into the life and career of this American songstress and the tragic circumstances of her downfall.

Catch the much-anticipated world premiere of Whitney on Lifetime, Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 8pm ET/PT.

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