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Entertain Weekly unveiled the first look at Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston. Although the movie doesn’t premiere until 2015 on the Lifetime network, it is already in production.

In the photo released, DaCosta is channeling the cover of Houston’s  1987 Whitney album, although it’s promising– you have to admit that trying to channel the R&B diva will be a tough job.

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DaCosta told Entertainment Weekly that her modeling background came in handy during the shoot. “I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” she said.

The movie, directed by Houston’s “Waiting to Exhale” costar Angela Bassett, has come under scrutiny from Houston’s family, including her former manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston, as well as Bobbi Kristina.

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  • great pic. go yaya!

  • I can’t wait to see the movie. I love YaYa.

  • Mary Burrell

    I am excited about this. YaYa is a great fit.

  • [email protected]

    Yaya is a great actress and she is a total professional. She will be able to handle the responsibility. Yaya Dacosta looks beautiful.

  • Lisa

    I know Bobby-Christina really wanted to play her mother. But I’ve seen her act…she’s not very good. And Yaya looks more like a young Whitney than Bobby-Christina who looks like the female version of Bobby Brown.I wish Yaya well. I’m excited to watch the film.