Yaya DaCosta To Play Whitney Houston In Lifetime Biopic [@yayaalafia] Brandon Caldwell June 7, 2014 News The search for the woman to play the late iconic Whitney Houston in an upcoming biopic has ended. Lifetime has chosen America’s Next Top Model Cycle Three runner-up Yaya DaCosta to play the lead role. The model – who most recently played in Lee Daniels’ 2013 film The Butler – is no stranger to the small and big screen. having appeared in numerous films since her appearance on Top Model nearly a decade ago. While the Whitney Houston biopic is untitled as of yet, the film is expected to focus upon the singer’s rise and tumultuous relationship with former husband Bobby Brown. The film is set to air in 2015 with Angela Bassett directing. [HSM] Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.