Kevin Macdonald's Whitney is having its world premiere tonight out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and Miramax and Roadside Attractions are priming the pump by unveiling the official trailer for the documentary that digs deep into the life of Whitney Houston.
We see famous faces like Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Clive Davis, and L.A. Reid weighing in abut their experiences with Whitney and hear from family members including her mother, Cissy Houston, her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, and her sister, Pat Houston, whom also served as an executive producer on the film. Since then, several filmmakers have been clamoring to tell the story of her life, but only one film has been officially authorized by Houston's family.
The trailer touches on multiple hot-button issues that surrounded Houston, as a disembodied voice fires off questions about drug choice, addiction, her relationships with Bobby Brown and Robyn Crawford.
"There were times when I'd look up to God and I'd go, 'Why is this happening to me?" she recalls in vintage footage. Another adds: "His heart was, he wanted to be on the stage". "Paula Abdul ain't s-", she says in what appears to be a home video.
Other moments show Whitney Houston exhibiting some diva-like behavior, particularly when she shades fellow recording artist, Paula Abdul.
And, of course, Houston's own voice - specifically, her memorable 1991 performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV - is showcased in the trailer. 'That girl is singing off-key on the record'. I met Nicole David, her longtime agent, who was incredibly close to her. And I thought that was interesting.
"So I think it was the combination of thinking there's this really interesting personal mystery, but also how this woman was a musical genius", Macdonald continued.
Whitney hits theaters on July 6. Watch the trailer below.