Former America’s Next Top Model contestant, Yaya DaCosta will play Whitney Houston in the late singer’s new Lifetime television channel biopic.
Since her stint on season three of America’s Next Top Model, DaCosta, who gave birth to a son in September 2013, has appeared in All My Children, Ugly Betty, House, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Tron: Legacy.
The new film, due out in 2015, will be actress Angela Bassett’s directorial debut. Bassett is best known for her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), and her role in Waiting to Exhale (1995).
Following news of the biopic, it was reported that Houston’s family does not approve of the legend’s personal life, including her volatile relationship with R&B star Bobby Brown, being portrayed on film.