Rihanna wants Whitney role
Rihanna. Picture: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara.

Rihanna has revealed she would "love" to portray the late Whitney Houston on the big screen.

The singer, who makes her acting debut in Peter Berg's sci-fi action adventure Battleship, shrugged off rumours she is in the running to play the late singer in a forthcoming biopic, but admitted she would be honoured to take the role.

"I didn't get that call yet," said the 24-year-old, adding: "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."

The 48-year-old singer died on February 11 in California, hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party.

Her record label boss and friend Clive Davis is reportedly at the helm of the planned film, with Jennifer Hudson also on the shortlist.

Rihanna - whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty - considers Houston a musical inspiration.

"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 continued.

"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.

Rihanna, who stars alongside Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker in Battleship - which opens in Australian cinemas on April 12 - also revealed she would like to try her hand at comedy.

"I want to try different roles - maybe comedy next, or who knows? I like sarcastic, dry humour: I love movies like Superbad and Pineapple Express, pretty (much) all Seth Rogen's movies."

The West Australian

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