Watch Whitney Houston’s Final Performance In The Trailer For Sparkle
Whitney Houston may be gone, but the legend is certainly not forgotten. The full trailer for her final cinematic performance in Sparkle has arrived and it almost seems like the pop icon is beckoning to us from the grave. “Please forget about the way I left,” she seems to be saying, “and remember what I left behind. Remember me this way.”
If the clip is any indication, Houston’s final performance will be one worth remembering. Starring Jordan Sparks, the winner of sixth season of American Idol, the remake of the classic 1976 musical tells the story of three Harlem–based sisters during the 1950s when Motown was on the rise who have humble beginnings singing in the church choir. Like most rags-to-riches tales, the sisters soon find that fame and fortune wields its way between their family bonds and threatens to tear them apart. It sounds an awful lot like 1981′s Dreamgirls, which is probably because it essentially is. Both films were based on the original super girl group Diana Ross‘s The Supremes and oddly have a main character named Effie. Also, you may recall that Dreamgirls was re-made in 2006, starred Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and won another American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson her first Oscar in her big screen debut.
Houston plays Jordan’s mother, while Mike Epps will step into the role of Satin, a comedian who marries one of the Williams’ sisters and sadly turns her into a drug addict. The Sony Pictures remake, written by Mara Brock Akil, who created BET‘s The Game, was directed by her husband Salim Akil, who worked with Mike on Jumping The Broom.
Check out the trailer below which shows Houston in all her glory. But, just be warned: Things get a little eerie when she tries to convince her daughter that she may be on the wrong path. She says, “Was my life not enough of a cautionary tale for you?”
We learned from the best, Whitney. We learned from you.