by Wilfred Okiche
R&B diva Whitney Houston is set to make a return to the movies as she is currently in talks to star in Sony Pictures remake of the 1976 musical drama, ‘Sparkle’. According to Billboard Magazine, Season 6 American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks and actor Mike Epps are also set to co-star.
‘Sparkle’ is loosely based on the story of 70’s pop singing group, The Supremes and centres on three sisters who begin singing in their church choir before they were catapulted to sudden fame and it is not long before they have to deal with the ugly side of the glittering life. Jordin will play the title character while Whitney plays her not-so-encouraging mother.
Ms. Houston will also serve as executive producer on the project.
She made her spectacular acting debut in the 1992 blockbuster, ‘The Bodyguard’ and appeared in two other movies, becoming one of the highest paid black American actresses ever after the 1996’s ‘The Preacher’s Wife’. Plus her soundtrack albums for all three movies were musical events that sold millions of copies. She was last seen on the small screen in ‘Cinderella’, the 1997 TV movie also starring Brandy Norwood and Whoopi Goldberg.