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The Bodyguard remake to star young Latina actress in Whitney Houston role

The Bodyguard remake set to see young Latina actress in Whitney Houston role (Picture: Rex)

The Bodyguard remake will feature a young Latina actress at the helm in Whitney Houston’s starring role.

The iconic star fronted the movie, released in 1992, alongside Kevin Costner as singer Rachel Marron, who hires a secret service agent to protect her from an obsessive stalker and she ends up falling for him.

Almost three decades on and The Bodyguard is getting a remake, with the film set to look a little different this time round.

Matthew Lopez, who is behind the script for the upcoming version, has revealed that The Bodyguard 2.0 will centre on a young Latina woman who finds fame as a performer.

Speaking to Variety, the Tony Award winner revealed: ‘When Warner Bros approached me about the idea, I quickly said I would but I wanted the protagonist to be Latina. They agreed to that.

‘There’s been a lot of speculation about what I’d bring to the remake and some people were assuming that there’d be a gay storyline to it.’

Matthew Lopez is penning the script for The Bodyguard remake (Picture: Wireimage)
The original movie grossed over $400million at the box office on its release in 1992 (Picture Rex)

He explained: ‘Instead of focusing on an established star like the one Whitney Houston played, this is about a young Latina performer who has just become famous.

‘It’s about how her life has changed because she is an overnight sensation. In the 21st century, that means she’s in immediate need of protection.’

Lopez, who is American and of Puerto Rican descent, added that it was ‘important’ for him to get Latin faces up on the big screen and to tell their stories.

The storyline differs from the original movie which saw Whitney’s character Rachel as an already established singer with worldwide fame.

The Bodyguard was Whitney’s first acting role and features a slew of her hit songs including I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing.

The movie grossed $411million (£305m) at the box office on its release in 1992 and became the second highest-grossing film of that year.

It was also developed into a West End stage musical in 2012, and stars including Alexandra Burke and Beverley Knight have taken on the role of Rachel.

The reimagined version is now in development at studio Warner Bros, but not everyone is on board, with Whitney’s ex Bobby Brown revealing he thinks the remake is a ‘bad move’.

A release date for the remake is yet to be confirmed, however next year would mark the 30th anniversary of the original movie, starring Whitney.

The legendary vocal talent died in 2012 aged 48.

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