Whitney Houston fans may have to do a double-take after seeing the first image of actress Yaya DaCosta as the late singer in Lifetime's upcoming biopic.

DaCosta, who was once a finalist on "America's Next Top Model," recreated the cover of Houston's 1987 album, "Whitney," which went on to sell over 9 million copies and spawn the hit single "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)." That modeling background came in handy, as the 31-year-old mimicked Houston's hair, smile, and body language to a T.

DaCosta told Entertainment Weekly, which premiered the image, that she "just looked at the [album] picture and did the pose!" If her portrayal of Houston throughout the entire film is this effortless, audience expectations should be high.

The biopic, tentatively titled simply "Whitney Houston," is directed by Houston's "Waiting to Exhale" co-star Angela Bassett. It's set to air sometime in early 2015.

[via: EW, h/t TheWrap]

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