First trailer for Whitney Houston’s ‘Sparkle’ released Monday
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Editor
Monday, April 02, 2012
Whitney Houston was planning to make a comeback with the new film "Sparkle" set to be released this summer. But her sudden death on Feb. 11 from accidental drowning with heart disease and chronic cocaine use as contributing factors put an end to that dream.
On Monday, NBC's "Today" show aired a sneak peak of the film which is a remake of the 1976 movie that starred Irene Cara.
The Grammy winner Houston is shown in the clip along with 2007 "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and "The Voice's" Cee Lo Green (with hair).
The film tells the story of a musical prodigy named Sparkle (Sparks) who "struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.
From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era," according to press information.
In this undated file image provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment, singer-actresses Jordin Sparks, left, and Whitney Houston are shown in a scene from the upcoming film "Sparkle." AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Alicia Gbur, File