The last project Whitney Houston graced the world with will be debuting soon. Houston fans are anticipating the release of “Sparkle”, the last project Houston finished before her death in February 2012.
In the movie, Houston portrayed, Emma, a mother of three. Her children, all daughters, navigate the world of fame and drugs as the trio’s singing group grows in popularity. The film also stars Jordin Sparks, a former contestant and winner on American Idol.
This was the first time Whitney Houston had an acting role in over 15 years, her last one being a small but memorable role in “Cinderella”. Before that, she played in “The Preacher’s Wife” with Denzel Washington, “Waiting To Exhale” and “The Bodyguard”.
“Sparkle” is a remake from a film by the same name produced in 1976. It is scheduled for release on August 17, 2012. It was produced on a budget of $17 million. Whitney Houston not only acted in the remake, but was also listed as one of the five executive producers on the production.
Houston acquired the rights for the remake on the original in 2000, and had originally planned for Aaliyah to play the role of Sparkle. Of course, this was not possible after Aaliyah’s premature death due to a plane crash. In the 2012 remake, Jordin Sparks won the role as Sparkle.
Sparks won the coveted top singing position on “American Idol” after memorable performances of songs like “A Broken Wing”, “Fighter”, “Give Me A Reason”, “Heartbreaker”, “Hey Baby”, “I (Who Have Nothing)”, “If We Hold On Together”, “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)”.
Jordin Sparks was only 17 years of age when she won on “American Idol”, making her the youngest winner to date. She went on from AI to release her own album in 2007. The album produced “No Air”, which has sold more copies than any other single produced by Idol winners since the show started. Her debut album has four top 20 singles. Since her debut album, she has also released “Battlefield”, her second album, and made guest appearences on several shows, including The Suite Life On Deck.
Other cast members include Cee-Lo, as Black, Mike Epps as Satin, Carmen Ejogo as Sister Williams, Derek Luke as Stix, Curtis Armstrong as Larry, Omari Hardwick as Levi, Tika Sumpter as Delores Williams and Michael Beach as Reverend Bryce. Other credits go to Brely Evens as Tune Ann, Sabrina Dungan as the record store patron and Tiffani Elise Edwards as the comedy club patron.
Whitney Houston led a successful career, in varying fields, including singing, producing, acting and modeling. She had more than seven albums to her credit, none of which having less than a diamond certification.
The official report on Houston’s death is that it was related to cocaine and heart disease. Houston fans have the opportunity to see her in the last production she performed in before her untimely death. As it with other Houston productions, this is sure to be memorable and heart-felt.
You can be sure to find Whitney Houston’s older movies in the television programming lineup from your Digital Cable TV Bundle Deal.