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Ex-"America's Top Model" Contestant to Play Whitney Houston in New Biopic

Image courtesy of ABC/ Kimberly Butler (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/ Kimberly Butler (via ABC News Radio)

Former America's Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta has been tapped to portray the late Whitney Houston in Lifetime's upcoming biopic, according to TV Line.

The untitled TV movie, slated to be released in 2015, will center on Houston's rise to fame, and her tumultuous relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown . Angela Bassett , who starred alongside Houston in Waiting to Exhale , will make her directorial debut with the project. After Top Model , DaCosta landed roles in TV shows like All My Children , Ugly Betty and House , and also appeared in Lee Daniels' The Butler

According to TMZ , Houston's family isn't happy about the biopic. "Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie," Pat Houston , the singer's sister-in-law and co-executor of her estate, said last month.

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