Yaya DaCosta, former contestant on 'America’s Next Top Model,' cast as Whitney Houston in Lifetime biopic

By Sherley Boursiquot,

Lifetime will air a new television movie in 2015 based on the life of late singer Whitney Houston.

Yaya DaCosta (above), 31, has landed the leading role for television biopic and will play the pop star music queen, Whitney Houston, according to TVLine. We first saw DaCosta on America’s Next Top Model, yet she was not the winner. Instead she became an incredible actress, taking both major and minor roles in Ugly Betty, All My Children, House and Lee Daniels’ recent movie The Butler.

Angela Basset, a well-known American actress, will be directing Houston’s biopic and Larry Sanitsky will be the executive producer of the Lifetime original film. According to a press release, Basset feels that it is an obligation to tell Whitney and Bobby Brown's story.

“I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story,” she said. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”

The biopic is written by Shem Bitterman and will be based on Houston’s explosive relationship with Brown and her successful music career.

Houston was found dead in her bathtub of her Beverly Hotel room on February 11, 2012. She was 48 years old.

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