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Watch Naomi Ackie Embody Whitney Houston In ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ Trailer

The first trailer has been released for the Whitney Houston biopic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” starring Naomi Ackie. The two-minute trailer gives fans a look at Houston’s most memorable career moments, from the night she was discovered by famous record executive Clive Davis, to her unforgettable rendition of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl.

The film is described as a “no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice.” Under the helm of Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou and Harriet) and written by Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody), I Wanna Dance With Somebody will explore “the Whitney you never knew.”

On Thursday, Sony Pictures Entertainment released the first look teaser for the new biopic. Directed by Harriet director Kasi Lemmons, the highly anticipated film follows the life and career of the legendary singer.

In the film’s trailer, Ackie expressed as Houston, “My dream? Sing what I want to sing, be how I want to be. Reach as big an audience as I can.” It goes on to spotlight some of Houston’s career highlights and standout moments including her 1991 performance of the national anthem at the Super Bowl and an interview where she was told her music wasn’t “Black enough.” She boldly responded, “Look, I don’t know how to sing Black, and I don’t know how to sing white either. I know how to sing.”

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