Watch First Trailer for Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic

Whitney Houston performs at the Wembley Arena in London in 1988

'Whitney' marks Angela Bassett's directorial debut.

Whitney Houston's impressive career highlights and turbulent personal life are at the center of Lifetime's first Whitney trailer.

Whitney Houston Biopic Actor Defends Lifetime Movie

The biopic tells the story of the singing sensation's rise to fame, along with her relationship with Bobby Brown.

"I am putting everything on the line -- my career, everything," Houston tells Brown in a heated scene in the trailer.

Angela Bassett Directing Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown TV Movie

Yaya DaCosta stars as Houston, while Arlen Escarpeta plays Brown and Mark Rolston is music exec Clive Davis. The project marks Angela Bassett's directorial debut.

Whitney airs Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. The promo can be seen below.

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