I'm not gonna lie. I thought the first picture of Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic looked ... pretty good. The hair, the beaming smile, the white tank, the red lips and 1980s-appropriate bushy eyebrows. I mean, it's close.
But I'm starting to wonder if director Angela Bassett is rushing things now that I've seen the actor hired to portray Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown. Belize-born Arlen Escarpata, 33, has a long T.V. résumé, including appearances on "Cold Case," "The Shield," "Judging Amy," "The Client List" and the new Halle Berry series "Extant."
Escarpata has an impressive high-top fade in the picture, but ... well, we're not sure he nails Brown's legendary smirk and swagger in this first shot. Check it out and compare it to a classic picture of the real couple from 1994.