Producers: Go this route for the avant garde, performance art depiction of Houston’s life. Sure, their voices may be polar opposites, but putting the controversial rapper in a controversial role ensures, well, controversy and, subsequently, box office success.
As one of the sage occupants of the infamous New York Women’s House of Detention in the David Duchovny-directed “House of D,” Erykah Badu revealed herself to be an adept actress. Plus, she has a lot more range than you would imagine.
Mary J. Blige
Blige obviously has the pipes to play Houston, but the singer has been stepping up her acting game recently, with a supporting role in "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" and an upcoming role in the film version of "Rock of Ages."
The six-time GRAMMY-winner has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. More importantly, her penchant for drama on the reality show "Braxton Family Values" makes her used to both the camera and mercurial mood swings.
You may have seen her as a secret agent on the short-lived J.J. Abrams series “Undercovers” or as the social worker on the new show “Touch” starring Kiefer Sutherland. She’s sexy, charming, and you would never know she’s British thanks to her impeccable American accent.
In "Dreamgirls" and "Cadillac Records" she proved she can command attention on the silver screen, and one listen to “Listen” demonstrates she can hit near-Whitney money notes with the right preparation.
A Whitney Houston biopic will have to address the more troubled side of her life, so why not cast tattooed ex-con Lil’ Kim as the inspirational singer? She may not be able to sing “I Will Always Love You,” but she’ll be believable in the Bobby Brown sequences.
You think just anyone can get a Kids’ Choice Award for their role of Ashley in "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"? Ali has remained in lesser-known film and TV shows, but also released "Kiss the Sky," her debut album, in 1998. Double threat!
Alberto E. Rodriguez
If she can hold down the UPN show “Moesha” from 1996-2001, Brandy can take on the role of Whitney, right? Wait, no. That doesn’t make any sense. Disregard that.
If "America’s Next Top Model" has taught us anything, it’s that, like Whitney, Tyra Banks can fly off into unpredictable fits of volatility before calming down and commanding the room. And never forget "Coyote Ugly."