Rihanna is reportedly on among a few names on the shortlist of talent who is being considered to play Whitney Houston in a biopic of the late singer’s life.
Whitney’s record label boss, and close friend Clive Davis, is apparently helming the project, and is trying to get a script finalized as soon as possible.
According to Daily Mail, Rihanna is at the top of the list, alongside ‘Dreamgirls’ actress Jennifer Hudson.
Other people on the list are Vivica Fox and Jordin Sparks.
Although movie executives are hoping Riri will sign up for the film, the Talk That Talk singer already turned down the chance to remake Houston’s The Bodyguard last year.
She told OK! magazine: ‘I hate it when singers do singing movies all the time, because you can never look at them as anybody else. I want to play a character. My whole life is playing Rihanna; being a singer won’t be a stretch for me.’
The superstar’s life story had been discussed before her death and the I Will Always Love You singer was excited about the project.
A source told the People newspaper: ‘Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead.
‘It’s hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie What’s Love Got To Do With It, which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner.’
Whitney, who was found dead in a bath in the Beverly Hilton, is said to have claimed that she was beaten up by the devil during drug binges.
Her former sister-in-law, Tina Brown, told the Daily Star Sunday: ‘She was always convinced that demons were out to get her when she was high.’
Tina, who is the sister of Bobby Brown, added: ‘On one occasion she told me she was staring at the face of the devil himself… but it was her reflection.’
She claimed that Whitney’s legs were black and blue from self harming when high but she believed that Satan was responsible for the wounds.
Tina, who has served time in jail for drug possession, also claimed that Houston would call drug dealers to her home to prolong parties.
She told the newspaper: ‘SheÃ¢â¬â¢d cut open a cigar, take the tobacco out, put in marijuana and the whole piece of crack and puff away.’
I wonder if Rihanna can even act. Seems like a very big project to guess if she can pull it off.
Who do you think would make a better Whitney Houston? Rihanna or Jennifer Hudson?
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