First picture of Yaya DaCosta as Whitney for new biopic

US cable network Lifetime has released the first picture of Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in its upcoming TV film based on the late singer's life. Simply titled Whitney Houston, the biopic is set to air next year on Lifetime, and will follow Houston’s incredible rise as a singer and actress while also chronicling her rocky marriage to R&B star Bobby Brown. Check out Yaya DaCosta in a recreation of the cover art for Houston's 1987 album, Whitney: YaYa-DaCosta_612x380 Actress Angela Bassett, who starred alongside Houston in 1995's Waiting to Exhale, is making her directing debut with the film, and recently spoke about the project, saying: "We’re not interested in dragging her life again through, you know, the muck." “She had to play out her choices, and the consequences of them, in a very hot, glaring spotlight, but we’re not interested in dragging that through again,” she added. Whitney Houston will air on Lifetime in 2015.