Meet the rising star who’s slated to play Whitney Houston in her official biopic
Naomi Ackie must have found a “Higher Love” because it was just selected to play with Whitney Houston in the official biography of the late singer.
Sony Pictures confirms E! News that Naomi is in negotiations to star in his musical film about Whitney’s life titled I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
The 28-year-old actress already has some major credits behind her. Naomi appeared as Jannah in the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker and was originally featured in the Game of Thrones prequel alongside Naomi Watts before it was scrapped.
That year she won a BAFTA award for portraying Bonnie on Netflix’s show The End Of The F *** ing World.
director Stella Meghie The creative team spent most of the past year doing an “extensive search” for an actress who could best portray Whitney Houston. The photo assistant said: “Naomi Ackie has impressed us at every stage of the process. I was moved by her ability to capture the stage presence of a global icon and at the same time bring humanity into her inner workings.”