Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks Starring in ‘Sparkle’ Remake
Could the Sparkle remake be the vehicle that gets Whitney Houston’s acting and singing career back on track? Possibly. Back in September, the singer was in talks to star in the remake of the 1976 film about a Supremes-like girl group. Now starring in and producing Sparkle, Houston talked about the film with Rap-Up.com.
About getting attached officially to the project, Houston said: “I got a call from my partner Debra Martin and she said, ‘You’re not gonna believe this, but ‘Sparkle’‘s been picked up and they want to do a film.’ And I was like, you’re kidding.”
The Bodyguard actress only had praise for her American Idol-winning co-star. She told Rap-Up.com: “She speaks for herself—the face, the smile, the innocence, the love for music, the love for singing. Her personality just being Jordin and transferring that to ‘Sparkle’, it was not a hard transition.”
Sparks responded: “I listened to her and I watched her and for her to be standing here and just telling me different things, I definitely want to take it to heart ’cause she’s been through so much—highs, lows, ups, downs, successes, different things like that—and it’s just so amazing to stand here and she’s still doing it.”
The original film starred Irene Cara, Mary Alice, and Tony King and, set in the 1950s, was about three sisters who sang in a Harlem church choir and went on to form a successful girl group; the near-instant success begins to affect their personal lives. For the remake, Mara Brock Akil wrote the script, Salim Akil is directing, and Debra Martin Chase is producing. The setting has been moved to Detroit in the late 1960s.
The “No Air” singer is in the film’s title role. Aside from Sparks and Houston, other performers attached to the project include Mike Epps, as a standup comedian who marries one of the sisters and gets her hooked on drugs, and Cee-Lo Green.
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