Letoya Luckett to Play Dionne Warwick in Upcoming Film ‘Dionne’
Former Single Ladies actress Letoya Luckett has been cast to play singer Dionne Warwick in an upcoming biopic about her life. The news was announced earlier today at the Cannes Film Festival, where Dionne herself was on hand to make the announcement. According to Warwick, she is quite pleased with the casting. “Letoya is perfect,” the pop icon told the press. “She has the right look and will bring out what is needed in the part.”
For those of you outta the loop, Dionne Warwick was THE first African American female pop star. She is one of the most charted artists in history, with 69 of her singles appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998. She is also as many of you already know, Whitney Houston’s cousin.
Other notable additions to the cast of Dionne include
Lady Gaga, who will play Cilla Black, a white artist Warwick described as her musical nemesis, having “stole” her music back in the day. Danny Glover will play her manager and Olympia Dukakis will play Marlene Dietrich, who served as Dionne’s mentor.
Filming is set to begin later this year, with Mario Van Peebles in talks to direct.
Above: My favorite Dionne song, I’ll Never Love this Way Again.