This Is Not Whitney Houston

Via Entertainment Weekly, it is America's Next Top Model Cycle 3 first-runner-up-turned-actress Yaya DCcosta as Whitney Houston in Angela Bassett's upcoming biopic for Lifetime (set to air in early 2015). The cover of Houston's 1987 sophomore album, Whitney, is the reference point:

This Is Not Whitney Houston

She's missing the spark, the jazz, the hint of impending crazy in the eye glint. Yaya is, as Tyra Banks would say, resting on pretty, and that's something Whitney never did. Still, a Lifetime version of Whitney Houston's wild ride sounds like fun fun fun.