Whitney Houston left a lot behind when she died suddenly in February. There as, of course, her family and her music, but now we’ve got something more: Sparkle.
A remake of a 1976 Irene Cara flick, Sparkle boasts a star-studded cast including American Idol winner Jordan Sparks and everyone’s favorite singer, Cee Lo Green. Houston plays former 1960s girl group singer—and the full theatrical trailer, which premiered today courtesy of Yahoo, mentions the film will feature new music by both Sparks and Houston.
Houston, who is listed as executive director of the film, worked to get Sparkle to the screen for 12 years. It was her first film since 1996’s The Preacher’s Wife and 20 years since her iconic big-screen debut in The Bodyguard.
In an interview with The Washington Post, producer Debra Martin Chase praised Houston's performance and magnetic presence on set. “She was healthy, happy, on time every day, hung out on set when she wasn’t working because she loved the cast... She had fun, her spirit buoyed everybody every day.”
Sparkle is set to premiere August 17.