EXCLUSIVE: Ashton Sanders has joined the cast of the biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody, the upcoming characteristic concerning the late musical icon, Whitney Houston. Sanders will play Bobby Brown and sources additionally inform Deadline that Black Label Media is approaching board to co-finance the movie with Compelling Pictures and Primary Wave Music.
Naomi Ackie is about to play Houston with Kasi Lemmons directing the movie. The screenplay is written by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten, and can take audiences on an emotional, energetic journey by Houston’s career and music.
Alongside McCarten’s Muse of Fire Productions, the movie is being produced by Pat Houston on behalf of the Houston Estate, Grammy-winning music producer Clive Davis, Larry Mestel on behalf of Primary Wave Music, Denis O’Sullivan and Jeff Kalligheri of Compelling Pictures and Matt Jackson of Jackson Pictures. Molly Smith, Trent and Thad Luckinbill will produce for Black Label Media with Black Label’s Rachel Smith and Seth Spector govt producing. Primary Wave Music is a accomplice of the Whitney Houston property. Stella Meghie may also exec produce.
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Houston is essentially the most awarded feminine music artist of all time and is likely one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, promoting greater than 200 million information worldwide. Houston received six Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards and two Emmy Awards, amongst many others. Houston made her appearing debut with the romantic thriller movie The Bodyguard, which she recorded six songs for the movie’s soundtrack, together with “I Will Always Love You”. The track received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and have become the best-selling bodily single by a girl in music historical past. The soundtrack album received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and stays the best-selling soundtrack album in historical past. In 2020, Whitney was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and have become the primary black artist to have 3 RIAA Diamond Awards.
Sony and TriStar Pictures will launch the movie in theaters on Dec. 23, 2022.
Best recognized for his breakout function in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, Sanders will quickly reprise his function as RZA in season two of Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Most just lately, Sanders appeared within the Academy Award-nominated movie, Judas and the Black Messiah and he’s additionally set to supply and star in A More Unbending Battle underneath his 1237 Production banner. Sanders is represented by Hyperion, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.