'Whitney' Trailer: Whitney Houston Documentary Aims To Hit All The Notes

Singer Dee Dee Warwick

A trailer released on Wednesday that gives an inside look into the life of the iconic Whitney Houston shows the legendary vocalist shading another performer for singing "off key".

Whitney debuted at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in a midnight screening on Wednesday and the first official USA trailer just hit the web.

From director Kevin Macdonald ("Marley"), "Whitney", was executive produced by the Houston family and does not shy from the tragedy of the singer's drug abuse, emotional woe and the dizzying highs of her journey.

Unlike previous films about the pop icon, the documentary was made with the approval and participation of Houston's family.

Included in interviews are Houston's mother Cissy and her ex-husband and performer Bobby Brown.

"When I was first approached about it, my immediate response was that I'm not really interested in Whitney Houston".

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston performs during the World Music Awards at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Nevada in 2012REUTERS

"Her voice, I was totally knocked out", says music industry magnate Clive Davis, who aided Houston's meteoric rise to stardom. Another adds: "His heart was, he wanted to be on the stage". "And eventually, she (Houston) stepped down to lift him up". "Paula Abdul ain't shit", Houston says.

A celebrated soul and gospel performer in the 1960s and early 70s, Dee Dee Warwick's career was nevertheless overshadowed by the success of her sister, for whom she performed backing vocals towards the end of her career.

Balancing the overall seriousness and somber tone of the trailer is a clip of Houston going in on another star of the times, Paula Abdul. I met Nicole David, her longtime agent, who was incredibly close to her.

If you need us before then, we'll be refining our "I Will Always Love You" rendition.

The film, which will make its theatrical debut on July 6, incorporates features like never-before-seen archival footage and rare performances to wrap viewers into Houston's life. Watch the trailer below.

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