As the world continues to mourn the tragic loss of pop icon Whitney Houston's death, we're finally able to catch a glimpse of the singer's final big screen appearance in the upcoming remake of the 1976 hit, Sparkle.
Piggy backing off the success of recent movies detailing the ups and downs of African-American pop sensations--Dreamgirls, Ray, Joyful Noise, for example--Sparkle follows three young sisters and budding pop stars on their bumpy journey to fame amid drugs, jealousy and family strife.
Originally played by Grammy and Academy Award winning singer Irene Cara (Flashdance, Fame), lead singer of the trio, Sparkle, will now be played by American Idol alum Jordin Sparks. Judging by the trailer alone, that might have not been the best move. Sparks just doesn't seem convincing. But thankfully that looks like it might be offset by the talents of Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo as the remaining two members of the group, Delores and the painfully drug-addicted Sister, respectively (the latter with the tough task of filling Lonette McKee's shoes from the original).
Then there are the supporting players of the cast: Derek Luke (perfectly cast) as Sparkle's love interest Stix (previously played by Phillip Michael Thomas), Mike Epps as Sister's boyfriend/supplier Satin, and Houston as the matriarch of the group, Emma.
If you've seen the original, you probably know what to expect. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it was really great for its time. I'm not sure how this one will pan out though. If anything, it looks like a nice homage to the first movie, and of course a lovely way to say goodbye to an icon. If done well, this could be the movie that could really spotlight the talents of Sumpter and Ejogo to a wider audience. What say you?
Sparkle comes to theaters August 17th.