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