Lifetime has filled two major roles in its Whitney Houston biopic. Last week it was announced that Yaya DaCosta would be playing the role of Whitney Houston, and finally we have information on who’ll play Bobby Brown and Houston’s friend Robyn Crawford.
According to Deadline, Arlen Escarpeta has been cast as Bobby Brown and Yolonda Ross is set to portray Robyn. Escarpeta is a 33-year-old Belizean actor who has appeared in Final Destination 5, Friday the 13th and Star Trek Into Darkness. Yolonda Ross most recently appeared in Phil Spector and Treme.
The biopic, according to the press release announcing it, “chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown—from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.”
Angela Bassett is making her directorial debut in the movie, which is set to premiere in 2015 on Lifetime.
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