BET is gearing up for its upcoming mini-series, The Bobby Brown Story and the network has landed on Gabrielle Dennis to play Whitney Houston.
The Rosewood actress will star in the project alongside Lil Rel Howery, who will play Bobby’s business manager, Brian Irvine; Mekhi Phifer as Bobby’s brother Tommy Brown; Lance Gross, and T.K. Carter as Herbert ‘Pops’ Brown, Bobby’s dad.
Laz Alonso will play Louil Silas Jr, the executive who helped Bobby launch his solo career and Woody McCain will reprise his role as Bobby Brown after playing him in the BET’s record-breaking hit, The New Edition Story.
In fact, several players from The New Edition Story will be back for the project that picks up where it let off. Sandy McCree will be back as Bobby’s mother, Carole Brown in The Bobby Brown Story, which is executive produced by Jesse Collins (The New Edition Story), written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket, The New Edition Story) and directed by Spike Lee’s protégé Kiel Adrian Scott.
According to Deadline:
The two-part mini-series will chronicle the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success, his affair with Janet Jackson and tabloid-fodder marriage to pop icon Whitney Houston. Spanning 30 years of Brown’s life, the new project follows his story from the hard streets of Roxbury, where he turned to a life of drug dealing before being given the chance to prove himself as a solo artist.
BET said The Bobby Brown Story also will be a story about redemption. Through sobriety, the singer learns to be a better man, husband and father — finding love again and remarring in 2012.
The Bobby Brown Story is set to debut in September on BET.