Lifetime's Whitney Houston movie: First photo of Yaya DaCosta as Whitney

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The first image of Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime movie about the singer's life has been released. In the photo, DaCota poses with Arlen Escarpeta, who plays the movie's version of Bobby Brown.

The project is directed by Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in "Waiting to Exhale." The singer's family is not involved.

DaCosta is best known as the runner-up on Cycle 3 of "America's Next Top Model." Her acting credentials include episode of "House," "Army Wives," "Ugly Betty" and "All My Children." Escarpeta has several film credits to his name, including "We Are Marshall" and the upcoming "Into The Storm."

The Lifetime movie is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2015.
Photo/Video credit: Lifetime