Lifetime‘s biopic on the late, great Whitney Houston hasn’t even hit screens yet and is already causing quite the scene.
Indeed, debate has greeted almost every morsel of news revealed about the movie; from it being a cable production instead of a big screen offering, to its lead stars, public response has been potently polarized.
The latest facet of the Angela Bassett directed telepic to come into question is the licensing of Houston’s music.
According to E!, with legalities surrounding the use of Whitney’s iconic song catalogue still being hashed out, original versions of the tracks will not feature. Instead, Yaya DaCosta – who has been cast as Houston – will “lip-synch” to re-recorded takes on the songs performed by none other than Deborah Cox.
Much like Bassett’s turn as Tina Turner in the critically acclaimed ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ biopic, DaCosta won’t sing in the film herself. Rather, she will “perform” specially provided “vocal tracks” by Cox.
What a fine choice the producers picked in Deborah! A dynamite singer in her own right, she is more than equipped to deliver stellar renditions of Houston’s many hits.
Need convincing? Take a listen to her critically praised duet with Whitney on ‘Same Script, Different Cast’ (lifted from 1998’s ‘My Love Is Your Love’ album). It’s one of our all-time favourites: