Will Oprah Replace The Late Whitney Houston as Savannah in Waiting to Exhale Sequel?


Whitney Houston's untimely and tragic death isn't derailing plans to bring the highly-anticipated sequel to one of her hit movies, Waiting to Exhale, to the big screen, and one of daytime television's biggest legends is being mentioned as a possible replacement for the late superstar!

In a new post up on New York Magazine's Vulture blog, Fox 2000 Pictures President Elizabeth Gabler revealed the studio plans to move forward with plans to adapt Terry McMillian's Getting to Happy, the 2010 sequel to her 1992 runaway best seller Waiting to Exhale. While Gabler stated they hadn't started talking to any actresses about filling Houston's designer shoes to portray unlucky-in-love TV producer Savannah Jackson, it isn't "inconceivable" to think of Oprah Winfrey. Say what? Say huh?



Don't get me wrong, I think The Mighty O is a phenomenal actress, as exhibited in such vehicles as The Color Purple and The Women of Brewster Place, however she's 10 years older than the late Houston! Age aside, Oprah isn't exactly who comes to mind for cussing, sexually liberated Savannah, when reading the pages of either of McMillan's novels about a quartet of Phoenix, Arizona sisterfriends. 

Back in 1995, when the cast of the movie went on Winfrey's talk show to promote the flick, the chat queen admitted she'd tried to buy the film rights, and had lobbied hard to play the role of volatile Bernadine, a wealthy sistah, whose life was torn apart when her husband left her for a white woman. That role ultimately went to Angela Bassett, who gave the performance of her career in scenes where Bernie, mid stark-raving fit, burned most of her husband's belongings, including his car!

While I wouldn't mind seeing Winfrey added to the cast as another pal of Savannah, Bernie, Gloria (Loretta Devine) and Robin (Lela Rochon), I just don't think she's right for sexy Savannah. I'd rather see Fox consider The Young and the Restless alum Victoria Rowell or  Vivica A. Fox. Or, how about Viola DavisThe Help actress is not only talented, but striking, and I'm itching to see her play a more glammed up part. 

Who do you guys think should play Savannah in the Waiting to Exhale sequel? Are you happy the movie is moving forward at all, or do you wish they'd scrap it? Sound off in the comments!

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I really should not have opinion since I have not seen first movie.

I know the concept of the movie though. Couldn't they just have the others and actually have the character Whitney play, die? Just a thought since death is part of living. It could possibly create story.