Before artists like Beyoncé and Adele dominated the charts and sold out tours, there was arguably one person who reigned as the queen of music and that was Whitney Houston. Now, more than ten years after her unfortunate passing, the world prepares to relive some of the singer’s most memorable and unfortunate moments in the musical biopic. I want to dance with someone.
Now, for those who count, there have been at least three projects about the singer that have made it to television or movies since her untimely death. This list includes the Lifetime biopic Whitney (2015), the British-American documentary Whitney: Can that be me? (2017) and the controversial documentary Whitney (2018).
While it remains to be seen how the upcoming film differs from previous films outside of its genre and perhaps distribution method, we can say that unlike the other works mentioned, I want to dance with someone has long-time Houston collaborator and friend Clive Davis attached as a producer. Additionally, Whitney’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston, also serves as the film’s producer, though she previously produced the 2018 documentary, Whitney.
Here’s everything we know about I want to dance with someone.
When is the release date for I Wanna Dance with Somebody?
I want to dance with someone is aiming for a holiday release, opening in the US on Wednesday, December 21 in theaters. As we get closer to the release date, you can check sites like Fandango to see where the movie is showing near you.
Prospective viewers in the UK will have to wait a bit longer to see the film, as it won’t be released in theaters until Friday, December 23.
What is I want to dance with someone about?
Film distributor Sony Pictures describes the film’s synopsis as follows:
“I want to dance with someone is an upcoming feature about the late musical icon, Whitney Houston. Naomi Ackie stars as Whitney Houston in the musical biopic, which is based on the epic life and music of the iconic singer. Directed by Kasi Lemmons and written by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten, the film will take audiences on an emotional and energetic journey through Houston’s career and music.”
Cast of I want to dance with someone
Stepping up to fill the big shoes of playing Whitney Houston in I want to dance with someone is the actress Naomi Ackie. Ackie has previously played Alice in master of noneas Bonnie in the end of the fucking world and as Jannah in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. Speaking on the subject of her role as Houston, Ackie said Term (opens in a new tab):
“Preparing to play Whitney Houston has been an incredible experience. I have learned so much more about her and myself than I could have ever imagined. I am so excited to be on that film set and honor her legacy!”
Also in I want to dance with someone as superstar music executive Clive Davis is Stanley Tucci. Tucci is a widely celebrated entertainer known for roles such as Jack Warner in FiefCesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games movies and Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada. Most recently, he has been keeping busy as the host of the Emmy-winning series. Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy.
Completing the rest of the main cast are the following:
- Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) as Bobby Brown
- Tamara Tuni (Law & Order: SVU) as Cissy Houston
- Nafessa Williams (Black Lightning) as Robyn Crawford
- Clark Peters (Gives 5 bloods) as John Houston
I want to dance with someone trailer
It’s a bit early for an official trailer. However, once one becomes available, we’ll be sure to include it here.
I want to dance with someone writer
With Oscar nominee Anthony McCarten credited as the film’s writer, potential viewers of I want to dance with someone you should anticipate good things. McCarten has previously written screenplays for critically rave movies, including darkest hour, the two popes, the theory of everything and the musical biopic of the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Bohemian Rhapsody.
I want to dance with someone director
Bringing her years of experience to film is director Kasi Lemmons. Lemmons has previously directed films such as Harriet, eve swamp Y black nativity scene.