(Jennifer Hudson tributes Whitney Houston at the Grammys)
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Talks about a Whitney Houston biopic are swirling with some of entertainment's biggest names vying for the lead role as Whitney. None other than Rihanna is considered a frontrunner to play Nippy (despite an obvious distinction in accents between the two). The Daily Mail reports that Whitney's music mentor Clive Davis is helming the project and he reportedly wants filming to begin as soon as possible.
Some of the others in contention for the lead include "Dreamgirls" actress/singer Jennifer Hudson, who sang a heartfelt "I Will Always Love You" tribute at the 2012 Grammys, Vivica Fox, Megan Good and "American Idol" alum Jordin Sparks, who shared the screen with Houston in the upcoming flick "Sparkle." There's also talk that pint-sized Willow Smith may play a young Whitney.
Whitney herself was no stranger to films, appearing in the beloved 1992 film "The Bodyguard" and 1995's "Waiting to Exhale," among others. Yesterday, at the 84th annual Academy Awards Whitney was honored in the "In Memorium" montage alongside notables like Elizabeth Taylor an Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs.
The superstar singer died on February 11 in Los Angeles. The cause of death is still unknown. She was 48 years old.