Gabrielle Dennis Cast As Whitney Houston in BET’s Bobby Brown Biopic

Published: Monday 12th Mar 2018 by Rashad

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.

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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.

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  1. olusheyi banjo March 12, 2018

    Congrats to her

  2. Ughhh March 12, 2018

    People still watch BET?

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (STREAM “No Drama” Available Everywhere) March 13, 2018

      Girl or boy, shut up!
      Thanks! 😉

      • ??? March 13, 2018

        lmao well its a valid question lmfao

  3. Jasmine March 12, 2018

    A Bobby Brown movie? We already had a movie on Whitney, a documentary on Whitney, a movie on Whitney’s daughter, and a movie on New Edition. Bobby Brown was great for his day but he is no better than Keith Sweat, Al B Sure, Christopher Williams, etc…ie…all deserving of a biopic movie but timing is everything. #TooSoon.

    • Jasmine March 12, 2018

      They’d tried to book me to play young Whitney in the movie but I had to be honest and let them know that I’m actually not black, I’m Asian so I don’t think it’d work.

      • Jasmine March 13, 2018

        No you are a troll that is a white male with an Asian fetish. Why can’t you be normal and face your infatuation with Asian people instead of pretending to be me and impersonating me on some music blog? Just be you…Suicide Blonde aka Latina dude.

      • Troll tracker March 13, 2018

        TROLL ALERT 🚨

    • Anne March 13, 2018

      Out of those you named Bobby is the only one with major pop crossover success, the only one who had a number one Billboard Hot 100 hit (and 8 top tens), and the only one with a Grammy. You’ve never seen an artist of Brittany Spears’ caliber covering Al or Keith. Bobby’s also the only one with a major movie soundtrack hit single. The New Edition movie did not adequately cover his solo career. Bobby, Al B., and Keith may be viewed by some people in the black community as being on equal footing but outside of that and in actuality they are not.

      • Jasmine March 13, 2018

        Anne your comment is single minded because you are only basing it solely on music chart success. We are talking about biographical movies here and all of the men I mentioned had enough drama in their personal lives to have a movie.

      • Jasmine March 13, 2018

        Anne, I agree!

  4. Yolanda March 13, 2018

    How many Whitneys have we seen since her passing? LET HER REST IN PEACE!!!!!

  5. SMH March 13, 2018

    I’m over biopics in general. Nowadays they just throw them together and get just anybody to play the subject, without even trying to match their likeness to the actual person they’re portraying. Not one actress that has played Whitney has even been close to looking like her, and that boy looks nothing like Bobby. Mess all around.

  6. madbrax March 13, 2018

    I wonder how well she can pull off that creackhead look

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