In nearly 100 years of commercially recorded music, a lot has happened in the music industry. Between rock and roll and hip-hop alone, there is more history than could possibly be covered in this article. Those are just two of the many genres that have come to shape the industry however, with a plethora of variety in between the two that highlights just how diverse the music industry truly is. Countless legendary musicians have made their mark upon the music industry up until this point, and now one of their legacies will be explored in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody that has been busy rounding out its cast this week adding Ashton Sanders to the upcoming project.
When it comes to singing, few musicians are as revered as the late and great Whitney Houston. Kicking off her career in the 1980’s, Houston received acclaim almost immediately and was scooped up by Arista Records to record her self-titled debut album in 1985. She would go on to marry another esteemed artist in R&B singer Bobby Brown in 1992, however this marriage would only spell disaster for Houston and contribute to her descent. Earlier this week, producers announced the casting of Ashton Sanders, of Moonlight fame, to play the iconic Bobby Brown alongside Naomi Ackie, who has been cast to play Houston, and give moviegoers an inside look at arguably one of the most dysfunctional relationships in the history of Hollywood. Their marriage and the rest of Houston’s remarkable career will be explored in further depth in I Wanna Dance With Somebody, set to premiere sometime next year.
While many remember Whitney Houston’s career for the plethora of controversy she was involved in, her talent is indisputable. Her 1992 song I Will Always Love You is one of the most iconic tracks in the history of recorded music and remains an integral piece of modern pop culture, even after death almost a decade ago. Now her talent and career will be celebrated in the upcoming project that should illuminate the world of Whitney Houston to countless moviegoers who simply aren’t fully aware. I Wanna Dance With Somebody is currently in the early stages of production and eager fans can expect the film to hit theaters in 2022.