The Marquee Blog reports: Producer T.D. Jakes was amazed by Whitney Houston's performance in this year's remake of the 1976 film Sparkle, but unfortunately, the actress and singer herself won't be around to see it arrive in theaters.
Houston had just finished work on the movie, about a trio of sisters who have to face the difficulties that come along with fame as their singing careers take off in the Motown-era, when she passed away in February at the age of 48.
The film, loosely based on the story of The Supremes, centers on the musically gifted Sparkle, portrayed by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Sparkle is raised along with her two sisters (portrayed by Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) by their single mother (Houston) in Detroit when the three begin to form a girl group.
Cee Lo Green and Mike Epps also star in the feature, which arrives in theaters August 17.