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Rihanna To Play Whitney In New Bodyguard Movie

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In 2009 we reported that there is a remake of 1992 hit film The Bodyguard in the works and Rihanna is being linked to the lead role. The original film, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner made an impressive $250 million worldwide and sold over 44 million soundtrack albums, the highest sales figure for a film soundtrack.

The talks of the remake is circulating once again. Sources say, they are going to update the story to show a singer being stalked and harassed via Twitter and other social networking sites. The bodyguard character will be an Iraq War veteran who lands the job after returning from military duty, a source close to the project revealed.

The source said:
“The new film is similar, including the love story, but the bodyguard will be a former Iraq War veteran who gets the job protecting the star as his first gig after leaving the Army.”

According to, Rihanna’s name has been mentioned in connection with the female lead role that would see her covering the original film’s hit song “I Will Always Love You”. Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus have also been mentioned in connection with the same role.

This wouldn’t be Rihanna’s first film role however – she will appear on our screens in Battleship with Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgard, currently in post-production and due for release in May 2012.

The producers’ aim is to find a new Whitney Houston for the remake. According to the website
“The goal is to take a young female singer with global appeal and give her the platform that The Bodyguard did Houston.”

Hopefully if Rihanna ends up with the role, she won’t end up going the same route as Whitney did – that is, marrying someone called Brown, throwing away her music career, developing a huge drug habit, and then cleaning up and making a very unsuccessful comeback 18 years later…

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