LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Rihanna performs at The Brit Awards 2012 at The O2 Arena on Febru
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Rihanna is on the shortlist of talent that Clive Davis is considering to play Whitney Houston in the upcoming biopic of the late singer, according to reports in The Daily Mail. They're also reporting that Davis is helming the project and hopes to begin shooting as soon as possible, pending completion of the script.

Rihanna is rumored to be up against Jennifer Hudson, Vivica Fox and Jordin Sparks for the role, with Willow Smith thought to be playing Houston as a child. Apparently executives are hoping that Rihanna agrees to do the film, but she seems to have turned down a remake of The Bodyguard last year, so nobody knows what she'll decide.

She recently decided to play a "weapons expert" in Battleship, so maybe, as she told OK! Magazine, playing a singer will be too close to home. "I hate it when singers do singing movies all the time, because you can never look at them as anybody else," says the singer. "I want to play a character. My whole life is playing Rihanna; being a singer won't be a stretch for me."

Now, as Rihanna decides whether to play Whitney, what we're wondering is: can Chris Brown play Bobby Brown?