Yaya DaCosta has some pretty big shoes to fill.
The “America’s Next Top Model” alum — who since appeared in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “The Kids Are All Right” as well as in several TV series including “House” and “Ugly Betty” — has been cast as Whitney Houston in Lifeftime’s upcoming biopic about the late singer, according to TVLine.com.
The film — which is tentatively titled “Whitney Houston” — will follow the singer’s early career and her turbulent relationship with Bobby Brown.
This will be the directorial debut for Angela Bassett, who costarred with Houston in 1995′s “Waiting to Exhale.”
In a statement earlier this month, Bassett wrote: “I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”
The Lifetime biopic is expected to premiere next year.