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Too Soon? Rihanna Already Tapped to Play Whitney Houston in Biopic

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Thrift, thrift, film producers! The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the ideas for your next bio-pic! (Or so the Daily Mail alleges.)

Furthermore, Rihanna is already the frontrunner in the race to play the not-long-dead Whitney Houston. The Daily Mail:

Whitney’s record label boss and close friend Clive Davis is at the helm of the project and he reportedly wants to get a script finalized as soon as possible so filming can begin.

Rihanna, 24, is in the running for the lead role as is Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson, 30.

Actress Vivica Fox, 47, and American Idol singer Jordin Sparks, 22, are also being considered for the movie and Will Smith’s 11-year-old daughter Willow is thought to be portraying the actress as a child.

Although movie executives are hoping Riri will sign up for the film, the “Talk That Talk” singer already turned down the chance to remake Houston’s The Bodyguard last year.

Ahem. Well, I can kind of see the resemblance: Rihanna, a talented pop star (with nothing like Houston’s range or acuity) can’t seem to tear herself away from somebody who is rapidly shaping up to be the next generation’s Bobby Brown. Who is basically another generation’s Ike Turner. Oh, my God, how many times do we need to make this movie? Ugh.

I ask again: Too soon? Or, alternatively, not soon enough? Because it was supposedly Houston’s own dream to see this movie made:

A source told People: “Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead.

“It’s hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie What’s Love Got To Do With It, which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner.”

Uh, sure. All I’m saying is, this seems to me a pretty nasty business.