Teyana Taylor‘s starring role in the upcoming biopic about Dionne Warwick‘s life has finally gotten the green light, as the actress and singer announced that the film had secured its funding.

Taylor announced the win on Instagram on Wednesday (January 24). There, she praised the iconic “Heartbreaker” singer and thanked her hardworking team for their dedication

And just like that.. 2020MORE Blessings!” she began. “Ms. Dionne Warwick… A woman of great statue, poise and elegance, with a fiery spirit — Realizing I was looking at my future self. My reflection without a mirror.”

She continued: “Being able to learn and study from one of the greats like, @therealdionnew has allowed me to learn a lot about myself and the woman I am today. She has taught us to be proud of who you are…. —Don’t Make Me Over. @therealdionnew Your music and social involvement has enhanced the culture. Your soul and artistry serves as an example of not only resilience and strength, but of faith and purpose.”

Thank you for trusting me, @coco_gilbert And our production company @theauntiesinc with telling your iconic story! We are so excited to make you proud!” she concluded. “Shout out to @iamdamonelliott it’s GO TIMEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! It’s been a long time coming!!!”

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Teyana Taylor first revealed that she’d been cast in the lead role of Dionne Warwick in the biopic back in March.

During an interview with The Tamron Hall Show, the Harlem native spoke about Warwick handpicking her for the role

We’re already working on it,” Teyana Taylor confirmed. “We’re in the building process right now. I’ve always wanted to make sure like, I could lock in with any person that I would be playing, you know? How Angela and Tina [Turner] was, how Jamie Foxx and Ray Charles, you know what I’m saying? Like, to really get to know them and I miss when movies was like that, when you get to know them and tap in and just bond.”

She continued: “We talk almost everyday. That’s my girl. Me, her, and her son. I mean, I’ve always been a firm believer in just always standing on safety. She’s had a wonderful career, you know, and I think right now it’s about making her feel as safe as possible so she can tell her story. A lot of these stories get misconstrued or extremely dramatized to an extent and that’s not where we want to go.”

Teyana Taylor is no stranger to the big screen. Over the years, she’s garnered roles in movies including 2011’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, 2018’s Honey: Rise Up And Dance, and 2021’s Coming To America 2.

Currently on a promo run for her new movie, A Thousand and One, Taylor sat down with The Neighborhood Talk to discuss mothers being able to reconnect with their children after giving them up for adoption.

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