Whitney Houston may be returning to the big screen soon. According to Variety, the veteran R&B singer is in talks to play a “not-so encouraging mother” to title character Sparkle, which will be played by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.
The remake comes from the 1976 music-themed film that is inspired by the story of The Supremes. The original movie centers on three sisters who began singing in their church choir in Harlem in the late 1950s before finding fame as a girl group. Their sudden rise, however, unravels their personal lives.
The upcoming remake will be set in 1968 Detroit during the rising era of Motown. Its story will follow the youngest sister, a music prodigy named Sparkle as she struggles to become a famous star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.
Sparkle will serve as Sparks’ debut film, while this will be Houston’s first film since “The Preacher’s Wife” in 1996.
Houston was involved with the project as a producer when it was originally set up at Warners years ago (in an incarnation that was to star singer Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash) and will act as an exec producer on the new movie.
The Salim Akil directed film will also star comedian Mike Epps.