By Michael Gioia
17 Aug 2012
|Photo by Alicia Gbur – © 2012 Stage 6 Films, Inc|
The film, directed by Salim Akil, is inspired by the doo-wop girl group The Supremes. Sparks, who also appeared on Broadway in In the Heights, takes on the titular role, with Houston as her gospel-singing mother.
Rounding out the cast are Cee-Lo Green, Tika Sumpter, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Omari Hardwick and Derek Luke.
Here's how "Sparkle" is described: "Musical prodigy, Sparkle (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 (Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Ejogo and Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era."
The original 1976 "Sparkle" centered on three singing teenage sisters from Harlem who form their group in the late 1950s. The remake takes place in Detroit, MI, in the 1960s during the Motown era. As previously reported, executive producer Howard Rosenman, who also produced the original "Sparkle," plans to adapt the 2012 film into a Broadway musical.
"Sparkle" is produced by Debra Martin Chase, T.D. Jakes, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Curtis Wallace.
Watch the trailer: