‘Whitney’ features role of a lifetime

Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpeta star in "Whitney."   Photo: Jack Zeman/Lifetime 2014
目前尚不知會不會成為一場鬧劇的惠媽傳記電視電影,劇中重要卡司Bobby Brown的角色,將由男星Arlen Escarpeta擔綱演出。

Here’s your first look at Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpata, who will portray tragic songstress Whitney Houston and ex-husband Bobby Brown in Lifetime’s Houston biopic, tentatively titled “Whitney.”

The movie, which is currently shooting in LA, will be directed by Oscar nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do With It”), who’s making her debut behind the camera. It’s scheduled to premiere early next year, three years after Houston accidentally drowned in the bathtub of a Los Angeles hotel room at the age of 48.
“Whitney” is expected to focus mainly on Houston’s life in the early-to-mid ’90s, when she skyrocketed to fame, not only for her powerful singing voice but for her acting chops in the 1992 big-screen romantic drama “The Bodyguard.” Houston co-starred opposite Kevin Costner and was included on the movie’s soundtrack, which won a Grammy and is the biggest-selling soundtrack album in movie history.
She followed that up with a role (opposite Bassett) in “Waiting to Exhale,” which opened to critical and box-office success in 1995 and also launched a mega-selling soundtrack.
Whitney and singer Brown met in 1989 and were married in 1992. Their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was born the following year.
The couple’s stormy marriage included drug abuse, first rumored then confirmed by Houston — who told Oprah Winfrey in a 2009 interview that after the success of “The Bodyguard,” and her daughter’s birth, her drug use got heavier. By 1996, according to Houston, it was “an everyday thing … I wasn’t happy by that point in time. I was losing myself.”
Houston and Brown were divorced in 2007.
DaCosta, 31, was born in Harlem, graduated from Brown University and was a runner-up on the third season of “America’s Next Top Model.” She’s also appeared on “All My Children” and “Ugly Betty.”
The Belize-born Escarpeta, 33, has appeared in many TV shows including “The Shield,” “Judging Amy,” “Boomtown,” “ER” and “Cold Case.”
He also co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in the big-screen movie “We Are Marshall.”
Arlen Escarpeta曾參與多部電視劇演出,也曾和今年的奧斯卡新科影帝Matthew McConaughey馬修麥康納同片演出過美式足球勵志電影"We Are Marshall希望不滅"。如何把惠媽生命中頭號爛男人演好,相信是對Aelen而言,會是個很大的挑戰!


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