This is Whitney Houston’s last film. The picture was to be an acting comeback for the singer who had not appeared in a acting role since the 1990’s.
It is the story of a musical prodigy called Sparkle, played by Jordin Sparks, and her struggles to become a star while things around her are a cause for concern. Whitney plays her mother.
It is actually a remake of Sparkle made in 1976. That one was directed by Sam O’Steen and starred Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara and Lonette McKee.
Whitney Houston acted in the theatrical releases The Bodyguard (1992), Waiting to Exhale (1995),and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). She also acted acted on television in Gimme a Break (1984), As the World Turns (1984) and Cinderella (1997).
Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) 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.
The film is directed by Salim Akil and produced by Debra Martin Chase, TD Jakes, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Curtis Wallace. It stars Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green.
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US and Canada release date August 17, 2012
UK release date October 5, 2012
Australia release date October 25, 2012
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