The Bodyguard is a 1992 American romantic thriller film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston that was released on Friday, 25 November 1992. Costner stars as a former Secret Service Agent-turned-bodyguard who is hired to protect Houston's character, a music star, from an unknown stalker. Lawrence Kasdan wrote the film in the mid 1970s, originally as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. It was directed by Mick Jackson. This film was Houston's acting debut. It was the second-highest-grossing film worldwide in 1992, making $411 million worldwide, despite mixed to negative reviews from critics. The soundtrack became the best-selling soundtrack of all time, selling more than 45 million copies worldwide.