The first full trailer for the Whitney Houston documentary has arrived just in time for the film’s world premiere Wednesday night at the Cannes Film Festival.
Whitney offers a never-before-seen look at the legendary singer’s rise and fall, with footage of Houston and interviews with her friends and family.
In one scene, Houston trash talks choreographer-turned-singer, Paula Abdul.
“One thing, Paula Abdul ain’t s—,” Houston says. “That girl is singing off-key on the record.”
The footage also teases revelations about the nature of Houston’s relationship with her best friend and assistant, Robyn Crawford.
“Bobby was jealous,” an insider says of Bobby Brown’s reaction to his wife’s close bond with Crawford.
Houston’s debut album was released in 1985. She went on to shatter more music industry records than any other female singer in history – selling more than 200 million albums worldwide, and landing seven consecutive U.S. No. 1 singles.
But there was a downside to the success, including drug use, marital problems and eventually her death at age 48.
“What was Whitney’s drug of choice?” an interviewer asks in the trailer.
The footage also hints at issues in Houston’s marriage because she was more successful than Brown, who topped the charts as a member of New Edition and later as a solo singer.
The Miramax and Roadside Attractions film is directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald.
Whitney is set to arrive in theaters on July 6.