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You love her songs, but will you love the new Whitney Houston movie?

Trailer for the new Whitney Houston biopic releases — Here’s what fans think, who signed off, and the ‘Star Wars’ actress who will portray her

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Whitney Houston performs at the 37th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

In this Nov. 22, 2009, file photo, Whitney Houston performs at the 37th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles. A feature film about Houston’s life is in the works from Anthony McCarten, the screenwriter of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The biopic is being shepherded by the Whitney Houston Estate, music producer Clive Davis and Primary Wave Music, the partners said Wednesday.

Matt Sayles, Associated Press

The trailer for the new Whitney Houston biopic, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” was released on Thursday, and so far there have been mixed reactions.

Did Whitney Houston’s family sign off on her biopic?

In 2014, another Whitney Houston biopic received major criticism from the late singer’s family. According to The Guardian, Houston’s mother issued a statement about the creation of “Whitney,” a Lifetime biopic directed by Angela Bassett.

“Please, please let her rest,” Cissy Houston said in the statement. She explained how her family was “exhausted” by “continuing misinformation” from people who didn’t know her, per The Guardian.

Pat Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law and former manager, is the executor of Whitney Houston’s estate, according to The New York Times. Pat Houston is also a producer for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” per IMDB.

In 2019, the estate became more open than it had been in the past and had a list of extensive projects after Pat Houston felt it was time. “Everything is about timing for me. It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic,” she told the Times.

Her estate, producer Clive Davis and Primary Wave Music signed off on the film.

What do fans think of the newly released trailer?

So far, reactions have been mixed about the trailer. Some are excited for the film, while others are wishing Whitney’s story and image had been left alone.

Who’s playing Whitney?

British actress Naomi Ackie is featured in the film as Whitney Houston. Ackie has starred in several movies, most notably “Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker” as Jannah, according to IMDB.

Reactions to Ackie’s portrayal have been positive so far. The Independent reports that people are particularly positive about Ackie’s voice and her similarity to how Houston spoke.

“She may not look like Whitney but she ... sure talks like her,” a fan wrote.