First Look: Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in Lifetime Biopic

Yaya DaCosta

Yaya DaCosta steps into the role of Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic Whitney Houston. has your first look at the 31-year-old “America’s Next Top Model” contestant as she recreates the late legend’s 1987 Whitney album cover.

“I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” said DaCosta.

The film, directed by Houston’s Waiting to Exhale co-star Angela Bassett, just began shooting and is set to premiere in early 2015.

Lifetime is also developing an Aaliyah biopic. Disney Channel actress Zendaya was set to star, but dropped out of the project last month.

Does Yaya make a convincing Whitney? See the original cover art below.


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  1. Justdr

    WOW. The resemblance is insane.! This should be very good.


  2. Rozay-MMG

    I want a Rozay movie, MMG Films #BOSS


    JustCoastWitHa Reply:

    @Rozay-MMG, yeaaaa, na


  3. Major Sushi

    that’s so weird. i was just singing i will always love you all day


  4. Twista

    I think this could really be a successful project. Whitney was definitely big enough for a feature film biopic, though, but I’m happy for a star vehicle for YaYa in any capacity. Will be tuning in.


  5. JustCoastWitHa

    Great Choice


  6. KEN.

    Ugh, how I miss the old ANTM.


  7. Quest

    Angela Bassett hit the nail on the head with this one! Yaya was great in The Butler and I know she’ll do Whitney proud because she’s a real actress. Bobbi Kristina can either request the role of Bobbi for herself or continue to be mad at Angela, the classy woman who has more talent than Bobbi’s pea brain could ever envision.


    Monkey Man Reply:

    @Quest, Very well said.

    Also the producers and directors from Lifetime doing the Aaliyah project could learn a thing or two from Angdela Bassett.

    Thats how you cast for a black iconic Diva. Someone that actually resembles and can fulfil the task.


  8. Yodlaz Dex suriy

    Nice and I don’t think that the Aaliyah haughton biopic will ever happen unless someone else play her that know how to dance,act,sing.


  9. mon88

    WTF? she looks a mess she bares no resemblance to Whitney, shes beautiful but this is gonna be a disaster if this is the best the can do.


    okjo Reply:

    @mon88, That’s because all the REAL Whitney look alikes r walking around Hollywood boulevard and the los Vegas strip and they cant act!!!


    Grant Reply:

    @mon88, You’re a damn fool, plain and simple. Yaya is a terrific actress and will do Whitney proud. Go get some treatment for your fucking blurred lines, the resemblance is uncanny.


  10. From France

    Looks like Whitney had a more natural body btw…


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  11. cottons

    I love Angela Bassett and I hope this project flies super high!!. Whitney Huston was an incredible voice I am interested in hearing YaYa on her songs. But, it is employment for some of us African American actors…I was called out to play Dionne Warwick but,no resemblance at all…I think my agent was smoking something to send me up for her!


  12. Mao_the_cat

    they look a like


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