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I'd love to star as Whitney in film - Rihanna

RIHANNA has revealed she would "love" to portray the late Whitney Houston on the big screen.

The Talk That Talk singer, who makes her acting debut in Peter Berg's sci-fi action adventure Battleship, shrugged off rumours she was in the running to play the late legend in a forthcoming biopic, but admitted she would be honoured to take the role.

"I didn't get that call yet," said the 24-year-old, adding: "That would be something that I would have to give my entire life to do because I would want to really pull it off. That's a huge, huge role and whoever does it has to do a good job."

Houston (48) died on February 11 in California, hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party. Her record label boss and friend Clive Davis is reportedly at the helm of the planned film, with Jennifer Hudson also on the shortlist.

Rihanna considers Houston a musical inspiration. "I love her. She's one of my big music icons, and I have always looked up to her," she continued. "My first song that I remember falling in love with was a Whitney Houston song -- I Will Always Love You. "

-- SHEREEN LOW


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