Actress Yaya DaCosta To Play Whitney Houston in New Biopic

She is to our eyes what Whitney was to our ears.

Perhaps you caught Yaya DaCosta in her career-making turn on Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, or her guest roles on House and Ugly Betty; either way, you’ll be seeing more of her soon.

It was announced this week that the beauty has been cast as Whitney Houston in an upcoming TV movie directed by actress Angela Bassett. The film, to be released in 2015, is an in-depth look at the volatile personal life that eventually led to Houston’s demise.

We don’t know if Yaya can sing like Whitney, but she does have other talents: the Brown University graduate speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, and French. What’s more, the 5’7” bombshell is of African American, Brazilian, and Nigerian descent. Talk about well-rounded. 

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