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Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

December 23, 2022
1hr 39min

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody Movie Details:

Movie NameWhitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
Country United States
Language English
GenreBiographical, Musical, Drama
Release DateDecember 13, 2022 (AMC Lincoln Square)
December 23, 2022 (United States)
OTT Release dateApril 22, 2023
Running Time1hr 39min
Age ratingPG-13
CastNaomi Ackie
Stanley Tucci
Ashton Sanders
Tamara Tunie
Nafessa Williams
Clarke Peters
Directed by Kasi Lemmons
Written byAnthony McCarten
Produced byDenis O’Sullivan
Jeff Kalligheri
Anthony McCarten
Pat Houston
Clive Davis
Larry Mestel
Molly Smith
Thad Luckinbill
Trent Luckinbill
Matt Jackson
Christina Papagjika
Matthew Salloway
Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd
Edited by Daysha Broadway
Music byChanda Dancy
Production CompanyTriStar Pictures
Compelling Pictures
Black Label Media
Primary Wave Entertainment
Muse of Fire Productions
West Madison Entertainment
TSG Entertainment II
Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing
Budget$45 million
Box Office Collection$59.8 million

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody Movie Cast and Characters:

  • Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston
  • Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis
  • Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown
  • Tamara Tunie as Cissy Houston
  • Nafessa Williams as Robyn Crawford
  • Clarke Peters as John Houston
  • Dave Heard as Rickey Minor
  • Bria Danielle Singleton as Bobbi Kristina Brown
  • Jaison Hunter as Jermaine Jackson


The joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston (Naomi Ackie), the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time. Tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.

About Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody Movie:

  • On April 22, 2020, Stella Meghie was set to direct a Whitney Houston biopic, titled I Wanna Dance with Somebody, with Anthony McCarten attached to pen the screenplay and produce the film along with Clive Davis, Pat Houston, Larry Mestel, Denis O’Sullivan and Jeff Kalligheri.
  • McCarten, who self-financed an option for Houston’s life rights, wrote the script on spec, and lined up rights and music. On August 4, 2020, TriStar Pictures acquired the film.
  • On September 1, 2021, Kasi Lemmons took over directing duties from Meghie who eventually served as an executive producer.
  • On December 15, 2020, Naomi Ackie was set to portray Houston. In September 2021, Ashton Sanders was cast as Bobby Brown, Houston’s husband of fifteen years. The same month, Stanley Tucci was cast as Clive Davis.
  • In October 2021, Clarke Peters and Tamara Tunie were cast in the film, and Nafessa Williams was cast as Robyn Crawford, replacing Moses Ingram. Williams previously played another character in a 2015 television film entitled Whitney.
  • The film was expected to begin principal photography on August 9, 2021, in Newark, New Jersey and Boston, Massachusetts, according to one source.
  • In August 2021, Compelling Pictures was in pre-production on the film at Marina Studios in Boston. In October and November, scenes were shot in Arlington, Massachusetts, as well as at Worcester Regional Airport, Wang Theater, Cutler Majestic Theatre and Gillette Stadium.
  • The film had its world premiere at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City in December 13, 2022, and was released theatrically on December 23, 2022 by Sony Pictures Releasing.
  • The film was released for VOD on February 7, 2023, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on February 28, 2023. It later released on the streaming service Netflix on April 22, 2023.
  • Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody grossed $23.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $36.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $59.8 million.

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