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“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” Release Date, Cast, Trailer and Everything We Know

Whitney Houston swiftly established herself as one of the most famous voices in pop music of the 1980s. As with many other megastars, Whitney’s career blazed bright and hot before collapsing and burning. Her musical prowess garnered her seven number-one songs in a row, the only artist to accomplish this accomplishment.

Since its publication in 1987, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” has become a dance hall anthem, and today it serves as the title of a biography about the singer. It was quickly accepted by the homosexual community due to the song’s lyrics about wanting to dance freely and in public with the person you love.

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This cultural effect was bolstered by Houston’s involvement during the height of the AIDS pandemic, which coincided with the peak of her fame. Many admirers considered this to be passionate and genuine allyship, or another case of homosexual men adopting female pop idols into their group, but the late singer’s suspected closeted sapphic identity gives her art and activism a completely new dimension.

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However, the life of the pop diva was plagued by controversy. Early in her career, rumors of a lesbian connection undermined her chances of success. In a 2019 biography, Whitney’s ex-girlfriend Robyn Crawford revealed their connection.

Whitney never acknowledged the relationship publicly. Houston ultimately had a relationship with fellow artist Bobby Brown. The rocky marriage of Whitney and Bobby regularly made headlines due to allegations of violence, adultery, and drug usage.

After releasing fifty-seven songs as a solo artist, Whitney’s life was cruelly cut short by an overdose in 2012 at the age of 48. Mom’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was just 18 years old at the time, survived her.

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Will the film be an uplifting and truthful look at the life of pop queen Whitney Houston, or just another Oscar-bait cash grab relying on a music icon’s triumphs and tribulations? We must watch and wait. However, here is what we know about the film I Want to Dance With Somebody.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody: is There any Trailer?

Sony published a teaser for I Wanna Dance With Someone on September 15, 2022. Set to Houston’s popular songs “How Will I Know” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” with a replica of Houston’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Super Bowl XXC as the finale.

Recently, a second teaser for the film was released, promising the star’s impressive performance and challenging the myriad allegations leveled against Houston and her songs. Check it below:

I Wanna Dance With Somebody Release Date

“I Want to Dance With Somebody” will hit cinemas on December 23, 2022, just in time for the festive season.

Where to Watch

According to the film’s official Sony Pictures page, this will be a theater-only release, with no news yet on whether the picture will be made available for streaming after its original release.

Long Cast of “I Want to Dance With Somebody”

Naomi Ackie is on course to become a successful actress. Ackie won a recurring part on Netflix’s Master of None, following performances in fan favorites Doctor Who and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

She will also star in Zo Kravitz’s directorial debut, Pussy Island, and in Mickey7, the latest film by famed director Bong Joon-Ho. The planned biography stars Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston as played by Naomi Ackie.

Clive Davis, a renowned record producer, friend, and collaborator with Houston, is intimately engaged in the film’s production. Davis spotted the young vocalist and signed her when she was just 19 years old.

The producer is also known for his work with music industry titans such as Pink Floyd, Sly, and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel, Santana, Barry Manilow, and others. Davis will be represented by Stanley Tucci, a Hollywood icon who has a strong likeness to him.

Actress Tamara Tunie is likely best remembered for her twenty-one-year run on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as the competent medical examiner Melinda Warner.

Whitney’s mother Cissie Houston, a gospel singer who nurtured her daughter’s talent into adulthood, will be portrayed by Tunie. Before Whitney’s breakthrough, her mother did background vocals for some of the era’s top stars, including Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and Dionne Warwick, who was really a Houston cousin.

Whitney’s father, John Russell Houston Jr., served in the United States Army and was a municipal administrator in her New Jersey birthplace, Newark.

Before a disagreement over money management produced a wedge between father and daughter, he assisted in managing her profession. Clarke Peters, a writer, actor, and director has been cast as Houston Jr.

Nafessa Williams (Black Lightning) earlier starred in a tiny role in Whitney, another biopic on the life of Whitney Houston directed by Angela Basset. This time, Williams will play a more major part in the singer’s life: Robyn Crawford, her first love and creative director.

Bobby Brown, famed for classics such as “My Prerogative,” met the young vocalist for the first time at the Soul Train Awards. The two fell in love soon and wed in 1991.

Many attribute Whitney’s descent into drug abuse to Brown, at the very least as an enabler. Ashton Sanders, who initially gained notoriety in the 2016 Oscar-winning picture Moonlight, will portray the notorious Brown.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was the daughter of Bobby and Whitney. Bobbi appeared alongside her father on the reality television show Being Bobby Brown. Sadly, she passed away in 2015, barely three years after her mother.

Bria Danielle Singleton, who previously played the younger version of Octavia Spencer’s character in the Netflix superhero comedy Thunder Force, has been hired in the role.

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The premiere of “I Want to Dance with Someone” place on December 23, 2022.