Is this photo of Arlen Escarpata as Bobby Brown “Good Enough?”
As Lifetime moves forward with the production of their forthcoming Whitney Houston biopic, photos of the cast are slowly emerging. Last week, an image was released of YaYa DaCosta recreating the iconic cover of Houston’s 1987 album, Whitney. Now, a new photo has been released of YaYa posing with Escarpata, who will play Brown in the television film.
In the image, Escarpata, who is sporting a blue tank top and baggy jeans, wraps his arms around YaYa’s waist while smiling from ear to ear. As for the hair well … Lets just remember it was the late 80’s/90’s.
The film, set to hit airwaves in 2015, will chronicle Houston’s rise to fame as well as her troubled relationship with Brown. During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Angela Bassett, who will be making her directorial debut with the movie, opened up about telling the story of Whitney and Bobby’s love.
“You know, I reflect it back on the moment I first saw them together. It was when I was doing Exhale. We were all on set in the living room together and [Bobby] came to visit. I, like everyone else, had some preconceived idea … people just looked at a photograph or picture of them together and thought ‘They’re incongruous. They don’t go together. Why is she with him?’ I think that was usually the question, not ‘Why is he with her?’ They could imagine her with someone else who does something else, who carries himself [differently], who looks somehow different.”
Bassett also revealed that Brown is not involved in the film. “Of course, we’re very sensitive to whatever the relationships might be or what we have heard or what we perceive his relationship between her family and him. So we’re trying to be respectful.”