Next year’s Whitney Houston biopic on Lifetime may now have its star.

TVLine was first to report that Yaya DaCosta (runner-up on season three of America’s Next Top Model) will play the part of Whitney Houston. Compare the photos above - and let us know what you think of the casting.

The film will be directed by Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Whitney in Waiting to Exhale. DaCosta has also appeared in the movies in The Butler and on TV in Ugly Betty, House and All My Children. The soap opera experience should come in handy – since the film is expected to concentrate on the singer’s turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.

Whitney's fans should be looking forward to the movie. But are you a big enough fan to pay $1.5 million for the singer's former home in New Jersey? That's what happened earlier this month. The 12,561-square-foot mansion was the site of her wedding to Bobby Brown. Here’s more information (and photos) from E!

[Photos above of Yaya DaCosta and Whitney Houston from Getty Images]