From left to right: Carmen Ejogo, Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter attend a screening of “Sparkle” hosted by the Cinema Society with Circa and Alice & Olivia on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in New York. (AP)
“Sparkle,” directed by Salim Akil, was released on Aug. 17 and stars Whitney Houston in her final role and American Idol winner Jordan Sparks,
Inspired by The Supremes, “Sparkle” is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, which centered on three singing teenage sisters from Harlem who form a girl group in the late 1950s. The remake takes place in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s during the Motown era.
The film stars Sparks, Derek Luke, Houston, Mike Epps, Cee Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Tamela Mann and Omari Hardwick. “Sparkle” features songs from the original film written by soul musician Curtis Mayfield as well as new compositions by R&B artist R. Kelly.
Houston died on Feb. 11, three months after filming ended. The film is dedicated to her memory.