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Whitney Houston teamed up with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks for Sparkle, an uplifting, Motown-era musical drama – and ET was first on the set.
Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, and it marked Whitney's first big-screen role since The Preacher's Wife in 1996.
Set in 1960s Detroit, Sparkle follows the title character; Sparkle (Jordin), a music prodigy struggling to rise through the ranks of the music business. On the verge of stardom in a singing group with her two sisters, dramatic family issues threaten to tear them apart. Whitney plays the musical trio's mother, while Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian who woos Sparkle's sister into a drug-filled and abusive relationship on their way to the top.
Also starring Derek Luke, Grammy winner Cee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick, Sparkle is directed by Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom) and scheduled to be released in August of 2012.