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Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022)

Opens on December 21

Director: Kasi Lemmons Run Time: 146 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: Ashton Sanders, Lance A. Williams, Nafessa Williams, Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

The joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022) is an inspiring biographical musical film tracking her incredible journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.

About the filmmakers:

Kasi Lemmons is an award-winning director, writer, actress and professor. Her acting credits include roles in Spike Lee’s School Daze (1988), followed by Vampire’s Kiss (1989)The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Candyman (1992). Her groundbreaking 1997 feature directorial debut, Eve’s Bayou, was inducted into the National Film Registry, received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and the National Board of Review bestowed her with a special first-time director award. Her other features include The Caveman’s Valentine (2001), which opened the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, Talk to Me (2007) about radio personality and activist Ralph “Petey” Greene, the adaptation of the Langston Hughes’ musical Black Nativity (2013), Harriet (2019) about abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and the Whitney Houston musical biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022).

Screenplay from Anthony McCartenis, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of the biopics The Theory of Everything (2014), Darkest Hour (2017), Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) and The Two Popes (2019).

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