Rihanna Would "Love" to Play Whitney Houston in a Movie

RiRi says she'd love to portray the late singer on camera -- but it'd be a big responsibility. "Whoever does it has to do a good job."

Rihanna may have just transitioned from musician to actress with her upcoming summer film Battleship, but she's already expressed interest in one of Hollywood's most coveted potential roles -- playing Whitney Houston.

While promoting her debut performance in director Peter Berg's big-budget action flick (which costars Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch), the Grammy winner discussed how much of a personal fan she is of the late Houston, Us Weekly reports.

"My first song that I remember falling love with was a Whitney Houston song: 'I Will Always Love You,'" said Rihanna, 24. "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."

The "Birthday Cake" singer says she understands how much devotion would be necessary to play the iconic singer, who died Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel of accidental drowning.

"That would be something that I would have to give my entire life to do, because I would really want to pull it off," she told reporters. "That's a huge, huge role and whoever does it has to do a good job."

Rihanna makes her acting bow in Battleship hits theaters on May 18.

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