Gabrielle Dennis, best known for her television roles as “Pippy” (FOX’s ‘Rosewood’) and “Janay” (BET’s ‘The Game’), is getting ready for the role of a lifetime as reports have it the 36-year-old actress is set to portray iconic pop diva Whitney Houston in the forthcoming BET Bobby Brown biopic.
Just 5 months after singer/actress Demetria McKinney earned mix review for her portrayal of the legendary pop icon [click here to read more], Dennis is readying her swing at the bat.
You certainly couldn’t tell The Bobby Brown Story without Whitney Houston, and now BET has cast the role. Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) will play the iconic diva in the two-part miniseries starring Woody McClain that’s set for a September premiere.
The Bobby Brown Story is executive produced by Jesse Collins (The New Edition Story) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket, The New Edition Story) and directed by Spike Lee protégé Kiel Adrian Scott.
As we reported here, BET’s ‘New Edition’ story was so well received (see: critical acclaim, record breaking ratings) the network opted to follow it up with a solo story on Brown. Set for a late 2018 premiere, the film will highlight the ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ singer’s departure from New Edition as well as his turbulent relationship with Houston. Actor Woody McClain, who won thumbs up across the board for his performance as Bobby in the New Edition film, will reprise the role for the singer’s solo flick.
Houston, who’s been portrayed in 3 biopics in as many years, will see her story told on the big screen when the biopic, ‘Whitney,’ hits theaters in July.