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Yaya DaCosta: Model picked to play Whitney Houston in Lifetime biopic

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Yaya DaCosta, a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model," has been cast to play one of the greatest singers of all time. She has been selected to portray the late Whitney Houston in the upcoming biopic for Lifetime, per US Magazine on June 29, 2014.

The film will be called "I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story" and it is set to be released in 2015.

DaCosta made her television debut in Cycle 3 of "America's Next Top Model," and apparently made enough of an impression to be cast as Houston. She ended up taking second place in the competition and has since had roles on "Ugly Better," "Lee Daniel's The Butler," "House," and "All My Children."

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The Whitney Houston biopic for Lifetime will tell the tale of her life with R&B artist Bobby Brown, her storied career, and the deterioration of their marriage. The dramatic marriage lasted throughout almost all of Houston's career.

The press release states:

The Lifetime movie will depict Houston and Bobby Brown's life, "from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage." (The actor who will take Brown's role has yet to be announced.)

Angela Bassett, Houston's co-star in "Waiting to Exhale," will direct the film.

"I have such regard for both Whitney's and Bobby's amazing talents and accomplishments," she said in the release, "and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story."


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