JEKYLL & HYDE Star Deborah Cox to Lend Voice to Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic

JEKYLL & HYDE Star Deborah Cox to Lend Voice to Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic

E! Online reveals that R&B star and Broadway songstress Deborah Cox will be providing the "vocal tracks" for Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, helmed by Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett in her directorial debut.

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Former America's Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta will star (but not sing) as the pop goddess, with Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown, Yolanda Ross as Houston's friend Robyn Crawford, Suzzanne Douglas as her mother Cissy and Mark Rolston as Clive Davis, who discovered Houston in the early '80s.

Scheduled for a 2015 world premiere, the Whitney Houston film chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown -- from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney's meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.

Produced by The Sanitsky Company, Whitney Houston will be executive produced by Larry Sanitsky (Betty & Coretta). Shem Bitterman (Betty & Coretta) wrote the film's script.

Cox appeared on Broadway in 2013's revival of Jekyll & Hyde and before that starred in Aida in 2004. As a singer, Cox's track "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" held the record for the longest-running No. 1 single on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart for almost eight years. Among her records are Cox's debut, self-titled album, as well as One Wish, The Morning After, Destination Moon and The Promise.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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