Whitney Houston Biopic Won’t Feature Her Famous Voice — Why? (VIDEO)

The Whitney Houston biopic is hardly off the ground and already dealing with its fair share of controversy.

First, there was the backlash from the pop diva’s family — most particularly her daughter, Bobbi Kristina — over the Angela Bassett-directed film. Then came all the opinions on who should portray the leading lady and her main man (those plum roles eventually went to Yaya DeCosta and Arlen Escarpeta). Now expect even more nasty headlines as news breaks that Whitney’s famous voice won’t be appearing in the film about her life.

Say what, you ask? The music Whitney made famous will, obviously, appear in the Lifetime movie (this is a movie about Whitney Houston, after all) but they won’t be the pop diva’s recordings. That responsibility will instead fall to R&B singer Deborah Cox. The reason? Blame the law.

A Lifetime rep tells E! Online “music rights and clearances are still being worked out,” but no matter what Deborah is slated to provide any Whitney songs featured in the final cut. While she may not be the icon herself, Deborah’s still got plenty of accolades to her name (hear her for yourself by watching the video above).

The Canadian songstress has won multiple Juno Awards (our northern neighbor’s highest musical honor) and is no stranger to the top of the pop charts. Still, try explaining that to the hordes of Whitney fans out there we know will be angered by this latest update from the set.

Will you watch the movie when it premieres next year? Hit the comments!

Source: E! Online

07.16.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Elisabeth Kramer
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