Actress and model Yaya DaCosta has landed the role in the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the life of Whitney Houston.
AlwaysAList.com reported last month that the cable network was planning to produce a film that focused on the late singer’s life with ex-husband Bobby Brown.
Now DaCosta, the runner up on season three of “America’s Next Top Model,” will depict Houston in the made for TV movie.
The 31-year-old model has landed a variety of acting roles since making her TV debut on the Tyra Banks‘ competition series, including parts in films like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Tron: Legacy” and “The Kids Are All Right.”
DaCosta also appeared in a previous Lifetime film, “Racing for Time,” and has guest starred on shows like “House,” “Ugly Betty,” “Army Wives” and “All My Children,” among others.
News of the Harlem-bred talent’s casting as Houston first broke on TVLine.
As previously reported, Houston’s old “Waiting to Exhale” star Angela Bassett will make her directorial debut on the upcoming Lifetime film. The movie is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2015.