Watch Sparkle TrailerPosted by Wilson Morales
April 2, 2012
The trailer for the remake of Sparkle, which features the late singer Whitney Houston in her final film role, appeared this morning on the Today show.
This is a remake of the 1976 urban classic, which starred Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, Irene Cara, Dorian Harewood, Tony King, Philip Michael Thomas, and Mary Alice.
Directed by Salim Akil with the screenplay written by his wife, Mara Brock Akil, the cast of the new version includes Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Cee-Lo Green, Tamela Mann, Terrence J, and Michael Beach.
“Sparkle” tells the story of the title character; Sparkle, (Jordin Sparks) the youngest of three sisters and a music prodigy who struggles to becomes a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. Sparkle is from an affluent Detroit area, naive to the unexpected experiences her new life will bring as she and her two sisters blossom into a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
Whitney Houston will play the trio’s mother (Emma). Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian named Satin, who woos Sparkle’s sister into a drug-filled abusive relationship on their way to the top. During her journey, Sparkle endures the trials and tribulations of fame but fights to rise through the ranks of the music business. “Sparkle” is set in the late 1960s when Detroit was the music mecca of America.
Sparkle will be released in theaters on August 17th.