Whitney Houston’s Music Will Be Featured in Her Lifetime Biopic, But It Won’t Be Her Singing

By: Robert Kessler / July 16, 2014

When the news that Lifetime had commissioned a Whitney Houston biopic first broke, Houston’s family was reportedly not very happy. The biggest problem with this is that Houston’s family controls the licensing rights to Houston’s music and what’s the point of a Whitney Houston biopic without Whitney Houston music, really?

Well it looks like all that’s changed and the TV movie will feature some of Houston’s songs. However it won’t be Houston we hear singing them. And it won’t be Yaya DaCosta—who’s playing Houston—either.E!’s Marc Malkin reports that R&B singer Deborah Cox will be singing some of Whitney Houston’s hits for the Angela Bassett-directed film. According to a Lifetime rep quoted in Malkin’s story, “music rights and clearances are still being worked out.”

Houston and Cox actually recorded a song together back in 2000, “Same Script, Different Cast.”

And if you’d like a sneak preview of what Cox sounds like singing one of Houston’s signature hits, here she is performing “I Will Always Love You:”

But I think we all know the moment/song we truly want to see from this biopic is Houston’s legendary “Star-Spangled Banner” performance.

Chills.

In addition to DaCosta, Bassett, and Cox, Arlen Escarpeta will star in the film as Bobby Brown. Yesterday Lifetime released the first image of the two together in character.

Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpeta will play Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown in a Lifetime biopic.