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A Glimpse at Whitney's Final Film - Sparkle [Video]



First look: NBC's Today show premiered a trailer for the much-awaited release of Sparkle, Whitney Houton's final film before she died

NBC's Today show premiered a trailer for the much-awaited release of Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 original.  The film stars Houston, who passed away last month at the age of 48, as the mother of three girls who form a singing group and struggle with fame and drug addiction. 

The brief trailer displayed the daughters in performance and Houston telling them, 'I always knew you had the gift.'


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Glamourous costume: The late star is seem wearing some stylish outfits from the era
Glamourous costume: The late star is seem wearing some stylish outfits from the era

Co-star: Jordin Sparks co-stars with Whitney in the film
Co-star: Jordin Sparks co-stars with Whitney in the film

Proud: The brief trailer displayed the daughters in performance and Houston telling them, 'I always knew you had the gift
Proud: The brief trailer displayed the daughters in performance and Houston telling them, 'I always knew you had the gift
Witty: Houston also displays some of her witty humour

More than one role: Whitney also served as an executive producer of the flick

Trio: Whitney is the mother of three sisters who go on to become a trio of divas

Remake: The film was inspired by the story of 1960's girl group The Supremes and is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name starring Aretha Franklin



The film was inspired by the story of 1960's girl group The Supremes and is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name starring Aretha Franklin.

Untimely end: Whitney died last month at the age of just 48
Untimely end: Whitney died last month at the age of just 48 
The 2012 version of Sparkle takes place in Detroit and is set in the Motown era.

Musical prodigy Sparkle (Sparks) has to deal with the hardships of becoming a star and keeping her family together, while Houston plays her struggling mother Emma.
The film also stars Derek Luke, Mike Epps and The Voice judge Cee Lo Green.

It is Sparks' début performance as an actress, and it was meant to be the role that relaunched Houston's career.
It’s been over 15 years since she starred in a Hollywood picture, the last silver screen appearance being in 1996 for The Preacher’s Wife.

Houston said of the film: ‘Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and the hairstyles. The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits.’

Co-star Sparks also spoke highly of the diva to People magazine.

‘She was so cool and very motherly toward me. If I ever looked like needed something, here she came saying 'Are you okay?'

‘I sang her songs into a hairbrush when I was little. Now she's acting as my mum and scolding me. It was a dream come true.’

The film will be dedicated to her memory.




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