Breaking: Derek Luke Cast In Sparkle Remake

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Breaking News: Derek Luke Cast In Sparkle Remake
by Wilson Morales

September 21, 2011

Blackfilm.com has exclusively learned that Derek Luke, who was last seen as Gabe Jones of The Howling Commandos in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger,’ has been cast in the remake of the 1976 music-themed pic Sparkle,” joining R&B American Idol-winner Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, and Whitney Houston.

In speaking with producer Debra Martin Chase, the Chicago native mentioned that Luke will play the role of Stix, who was portrayed by Philip Michael Thomas in the original.

The story follows three sisters who begin singing in their church choir in Harlem in the late 1950s and go on to become a successful girl group. Their sudden rise unravels their personal lives. The remake will be set in 1968 Detroit during the rise of Motown. Story will focus on the youngest sister, a music prodigy named Sparkle (Sparks), and her struggle to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.

Salim Akil (‘Jumping The Broom‘) will be directing the film from a script by Mara Brock Akil. TriStar Pictures will distribute the film in association with Stage 6 Films. Production is scheduled to start next month.

Luke was recently seen opposite Jada Pinkett Smith in the now-cancelled TNT series ‘Hawthorne.’

The ‘Captain America: The First Avengers‘ Blu-ray and DVD will hitting stores on October 25th.


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