Congrats are in order for Naomi Ackie, who will be filling the shoes of the iconic Whitney Houston in the upcoming biopic, I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
Deadline confirmed the news on Tuesday, adding that the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker actress was praised by filmmakers for her impressive ability to embody the late songstress.
Stella Meghie, the director of the film, explained in a statement, “We spent the better part of the last year in an exhaustive search for an actress who could embody Whitney Houston. Naomi Ackie impressed us at every stage of the process. I was moved by her ability to capture the stage presence of a global icon while bringing humanity to her interior life.”
Houston's sister-in-law and former manager, Pat Houston, also revealed, "All Whitney fans have an appetite for perfection when it comes to Whitney and her legacy. To transform someone into a matchless icon is virtually impossible. But with careful consideration, Naomi Ackie was selected based on her quality performances and her deep commitment to emerging into the woman that we all loved. We look forward to taking this journey with her."