Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Whitney Houston’s final movie, Sparkle, which hits theaters on August 17.
Jordin Sparks takes on the lead role as Sparkle Williams, a singer from Detroit who teams up with her two siblings Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Dolores (Tika Sumpter) to form a girl group during the Motown era.
Sparkle is loosely inspired by the story of Diana Ross’s The Supremes and is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name.
Whitney Houston, who tragically died on February 11 this year, plays the girls’ mother, Emma, and also served as a producer on the movie.
Whitney Houston’s final recordings – a version of gospel classic His Eye is on the Sparrow and Celebrate, written by R Kelly and performed with Jordin Sparks – will feature in the musical drama.
Sparkle is Whitney Houston’s fourth feature film, following The Bodyguard (1992), Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife.
Cee Lo Green and Derek Luke also star in director Salim Akil’s Sparkle, which opens in the US on August 17 and October 5 in the UK.