Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston in “How Will I Know” Music Video
In the trailer for Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Naomi Ackie can be seen donning a replica of Whitney Houston‘s memorable silver outfit from her “How Will I Know” music video, including that iconic silver lamé hair bow.
Though most of the performances in the movie use Houston’s voice, Ackie told PEOPLE she put in “a lot of rehearsal” time to prepare for the role: “A lot of [Houston’s] music [was] on repeat in my house, especially the ones that I knew were going to be featured in the film.”
Naomi Ackie and Stanley Tucci as Whitney Houston and Clive Davis
Another scene from the trailer shows the moment when a young Houston signed her contract with Arista Records at the Arista Studio in New York on April 10, 1983.
Stanley Tucci portrays Clive Davis in the film, and he didn’t have to go far for inspiration: the legendary record producer also serves as one of the producers for the movie.
Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston in “So Emotional” Music Video
Of all the looks recreated for the movie, Ackie told PEOPLE she loved wearing Houston’s dress from her wedding to Bobby Brown. “I really enjoyed wearing that dress,” she said. “I couldn’t sit in it but it was very pretty.”
Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston During Her South Africa Concert Special
Part of the film also recreates Whitney: The Concert for a New South Africa, a concert special Houston filmed in South Africa to honor President Nelson Mandela in November 1994.
The concert was released in December 1994 with all proceeds being donated to South African charities including two children’s museums, the President’s Trust Fund, the Kagiso Foundation and several orphanages.
Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston During Her “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” Performance
Ackie dons a similar gold jacket to one Houston wore during the Live from the Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, in which she performed a showstopping rendition of her hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston During Her American Music Awards Performance
Ackie bears a striking resemblance to Houston as she recreates her memorable 1994 performance at the American Music Awards, where she performed a medley of “I Loves You Porgy,” “I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Have Nothing.”
Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston During Her Super Bowl Performance
One moment fans are eager to see recreated in the movie is Houston’s iconic performance of the National Anthem during the 1991 Super Bowl, where she donned a patriotic suit and headband on the field.
Director Kasi Lemmons told PEOPLE that Houston’s Super Bowl performance and her concert in South Africa were among her favorite performances to recreate for the movie, noting that the latter was “very emotional” to film.
“All of those moments were great to recreate,” she said. “It was a great fun. I had a great time shooting it.”