Lifetime's upcoming biopic about Whitney Houston has found its Bobby Brown in Arlen Escarpeta. The casting was announced on Monday, July 14 when the network released a photo of the "Final Destination 5" actor posing with leading lady Yaya Dacosta.
In the picture, the two stars recreate a classic photo of Houston and Brown. Escarpeta, donning a black top and blue jeans, hugs Dacosta from behind. The actress sports white tank top and smiles widely at the camera.
The biopic, tentatively titled "Whitney Houston", is currently shooting in Los Angeles with Oscar nominee Angela Bassett on board as director. It's scheduled to premiere early next year, three years after Houston accidentally drowned in the bathtub of a Los Angeles hotel room at the age of 48.
It will center on Houston's life in the early-to-mid '90s, when she skyrocketed to fame not only for her powerful singing voice but also for her appearance in 1992's "The Bodyguard", where she co-starred opposite Kevin Costner. She contributed to the movie's soundtrack, which later won a Grammy and is the biggest-selling soundtrack album in movie history.
It will also focus on the singer's relationship with Brown, whom she met in 1989. The couple got married in 1992 and they welcomed their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown the following year.