Rihanna says she`d love to play Whitney Houston on screen

Updated: Apr 03, 2012, 12:34 PM IST

London: Rihanna, whose new movie ‘Battleship’ is to be released soon, has said that she would love to play Whitney Houston in a film about the late singer’s life.

Speaking at a press conference for her latest flick in Japan, the Barbadian singer has shot down rumours she is 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,” the Mirror quoted her as saying.

“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,” she said.

The 24-year-old popstar went on to speak about the tragic singer and how she had influenced her.

“I met her at a Clive Davis party. I love her. She’s one of my big music icons, and I have always looked up to her,” she said.

“My first song that I remember falling in love with was a Whitney Houston song – ‘I Will Always Love You’. All of her music actually was always played in my house, with Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

“It was really inspiring and it made me develop a passion for music, so really she’s partly responsible for me being here in this industry,” she added.