Ashton Sanders – who is best known for his role in Oscar-winning film Moonlight – is set to play Bobby Brown in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic

Ashton Sanders – who is best known for his role in Oscar-winning film Moonlight – is set to play Bobby Brown in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic.

The 25-year-old actor will be joining East ‘s rising star Naomi Ackie who will be playing the lead in the film about the late legendary singer Whitney titled I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Kasi Lemmons – who is best known for directing 2019 biopic Harriet – is set to helm the film as Oscar-nominated writer Anthony McCarten is set to write the script.

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Inspired: Ashton Sanders – who is best known for his role in Oscar-winning film Moonlight – is set to play Bobby Brown in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic

Tumultuous romance: Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown are seen in Las Veas back in May 2003

Ashton is best known for his work starring as the teen version of the protagonist in Moonlight, named Chiron,  in the film which earned three Oscars including Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins, and top honor Best Picture.

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Bobby and Whitney’s tumultuous relationship was always under media scrutiny as it was marred by infidelity, domestic violence, and drug use.

The two had met at the Soul Train Awards in 1989 and formed a friendship which developed into a romance.

Leading lady: The 25-year-old actor will be joining East London’s rising star Naomi Ackie (pictured in Paris back in March 2020) who will be playing the lead in the film about the late legendary singer Whitney titled I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Dynamic duo: Kasi Lemmons (left) – who is best known for directing 2019 biopic Harriet – is set to helm the film as Oscar-nominated writer Anthony McCarten is set to write the script

Iconic: Ashton is best known for his work starring as the teen version of the protagonist in Moonlight, named Chiron, in the film which earned three Oscars including Best Picture

They were engaged in 1991 when a 22-year-old Brown proposed to a 27-year-old Houston before marrying at Houston’s estate on July 18, 1992.

They welcomed daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown the following year.

In the early 2000s the personal issues in their marriage were often lampooned on talk shows and sketch comedy shows like MadTV.

In 2003, Brown was charged with battery after an altercation with Houston before their personal life was scrutinized even more when the couple participated in reality show Being Bobby Brown in 2005. 

Sad: Bobby and Whitney’s tumultuous relationship was always under media scrutiny as it was marred by infidelity, domestic violence, and drug use, as they are seen in the Bahamas back in December 2000

Ultimately, Houston filed for legal separation in September 2006 before the divorce was finalized in April 2007 with Houston receiving custody of their daughter.   

Whitney was found dead in a bathtub of a Beverly Hilton hotel room in 2012 at just 48-years old.

Then years later their daughter Bobbi Kristina was unresponsive, found face-down in a bathtub in her Georgia home on January 31, 2015 and was placed in a medically induced coma after being rushed to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia.

She never regained consciousness and died at Peachtree Christian Hospice care in Duluth, Georgia on July 26, 2015, less than six-months later.

Happier days: They were engaged in 1991 when a 22-year-old Brown proposed to a 27-year-old Houston before marrying at Houston’s estate on July 18, 1992.

They welcomed daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown the following year, the family are seen in August 2004

A toxicology report found marijuana, alcohol, ‘a cocaine-related substance,’ anti-anxiety medication, and morphine in her system at the time of her accident.

Coroners determined the cause of death to be drowning, and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. 

I wanna Dance With Somebody is set to be released by Sony and TriStar Pictures on December 23, 2022. 

East London’s finest: Back in December it was announced that Ackie is set to play Whitney Houston in I Wanna Dance With Somebody musical biopic (pictured in February, 2020)

Legendary: Whitney, regarded as the most awarded female singer in history, tragically died of a drug overdose and https://jobs-freshers.com/ drowning at age 48 in 2012, (pictured in 2004)

In December it was reported that Ackie had landed the starring role as Whitney Houston in Sony TriStar’s musical biopic. 

 The actress, 28, the daughter of second-generation immigrants from Grenada, famously played Jannah in : Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.

The biopic will be a part of a ‘no holds barred’ look on the late icon’s life and legacy and Naomi is said to have impressed bosses with her ‘ability to capture the presence of a global icon’.

Notably, the project has received backing from Houston’s estate and long-time boss, record executive Clive Davis. 

Coming soon: After a bidding war between studios and streaming platforms, Sony’s TriStar Pictures won the rights for the biopic – Naomi in 2019, (left), Whitney in 2008, (right)

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