Report: Whitney Houston Ready To ‘Sparkle’ With Jordin Sparks

Published: Tuesday 13th Sep 2011 by Rashad

It appears that things are finally shaping up for the Whitney Houston-produced remake of famed 70s musical ‘Sparkle’.  Originally reported to star late R&B songbird Aaliyah (and later with names like Raven Symone and Paula Patton at one time considered), it appears that the film will soon be making its way into the production stages with Jordin Sparks signing on to take the lead role.  Houston will play her mother.

BET‘s ‘The Game’ creator Mara Brock Akil has signed on to lead the behind the scenes action.  No word on who will contribute to the movie’s soundtrack.

The announcement comes shortly after news that Houston would be reprising her role in the Waiting To Exhale sequel, ‘Getting To Happy’, being shot later this year.

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  1. MISHKA September 13, 2011

    Go get’em, Jordin !!!

  2. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) September 13, 2011

    Look, I have nothing against Jordin, but for me this will always be Aaliyah’s role.I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I cannot take Jordin seriously in that specific role.The only person that I would like to see playing this role in this movie is Aaliyah.May her soul rest in peace…

  3. Bey love on top September 13, 2011

    If her acting was is gonna ne anything like What she did On the “Suite Life on Deck” disney Then noooooooo girl stick to singing

  4. Madonnalover September 13, 2011

    Yes to whitney, NO to jordin. B**** boo BYE!

  5. AIROGUE September 13, 2011

    jordin can sparkle her ass off, Idc about that basic b****

  6. JohnVidal September 13, 2011

    Whitney is one of the true greats! I don´t want to say anything else

  7. bey’knight September 13, 2011

    my sentiments is with all the commenters above me, i honestly dont see Jordin in this part, i saw the movie when i was younger. Aaliyah was a way better fit. i have no problem with replacing Aaliyah but it should be with someone more credible, come to think of it i cant tthink of any singer out now who can pull it off. They should hire an actress ….who can ACT!! even if she can’t sing they can always use a voice double. Acting is the paramounce here.

  8. Almond Joy September 13, 2011

    Whitney made Trandy’s career soar with Cinderella, we shall see what she can do with this no personality having big ox of a flop. Whitney should have gotten Jade Ewen, she has the pizzazz and the talent just waiting to be exposed outside of the Saltibabes.

    Congrats on Nippy returning to the big screen with 2 new movie projects.

  9. Malibu Barbie September 13, 2011

    Aaliyah was supposed to play that role..

  10. THE ICONIC LACEFRONCE RETURNS. September 13, 2011

    Whitney>>>>BLEACHonce( and Tranny Caca)

    😉

  11. THE UNIVERSITY OF GAGA (IS†ANN4GAGA) September 13, 2011

    LaceFLOP = FLOP troll.

  12. Brandy4eva September 13, 2011

    Nippy is coming for wigs!!!
    and y’all should know better…its JORDIN not JORDAN. kiiiii

    and shooting starts next month in detroit. Get ur facts str8 hun.

  13. MONICASLAYS. September 13, 2011

    Brandy4eva

    September 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Nippy is coming for wigs!!!
    and y’all should know better…its JORDIN not JORDAN. kiiiii

    and shooting starts next month in detroit. Get ur facts str8 hun.
    _________________________________________________

    GIRL BYE!AND YHU R A TRANDY STAN TOO?GIRL YOU DON’T KNO TALENT AT ALL.WHITNEY IZ OK BUT SHE AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON MARIAH.QUEEN MARIAH & QUEEN MONICA SLAYS TRANDY AND WHITNEY WITH HER WHISTLE REGISTER.

  14. Brandy4eva September 13, 2011

    #gurlbye

    whitney & gHandy >>>>>>>>>>mariah’s obese whistle-note-lipsynchin ass.
    and lets not even start talkin bout mojica’s ghetto fiance killing ass.

  15. Twhist September 13, 2011

    I want them to remake the Wiz staring Monica!

  16. JohnVidal September 13, 2011

    People don´t do this please. If anything it is like this:
    Whitney and Mariah>>>>>>>>> Monica, Brandy and almost everybody else EVER
    So don´t make stupid teams

  17. MONICASLAYS. September 13, 2011

    Brandy4eva

    September 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    #gurlbye

    whitney & gHandy >>>>>>>>>>mariah’s obese whistle-note-lipsynchin ass.
    and lets not even start talkin bout mojica’s ghetto fiance killing ass.
    ____________________________________________________________

    GIRL BYE! LET’S NOT TALK ABOUT TRANDY’S NON-DRIVING ASS.TRANDY’S MUSIC SUCKS BOOBOO.AND WHITNEY’S VOICE AIN’T ALL THAT BOOBOO.MARIAH SLAYS BOTH EFURTLESSLY WITH TYHAT ONE WHISTLE. IDC WAT ANY TRANDY STAN SAYS.

  18. Brandy4eva September 13, 2011

    the kiii is that i USE mimi but u lambs make me attack HA for no reason!
    whitney is THE VOICE. and Brandy is the voice 2.0

    NOW DEAL with that sisT

  19. Alexander September 13, 2011

    R Kelly is writing the soundtrack for this remake of Sparkle! Huge news

  20. Brandy4eva September 13, 2011

    its not confirmed yet that hes doing the soundtrack.
    but it would def. slay!

  21. MONICASLAYS. September 13, 2011

    “VOCAL FLOP BIBLE” TRANDY AIN’T NO VOICE 2.0.QUEEN MONICA IS.

  22. Brandy4eva September 13, 2011

    of course the ATL-hoodrats prefer goatISH yodelling over real singing.

    god bless.

  23. smh 2011 September 13, 2011

    real singers love it………. happy this is not beyonce!

  24. MONICASLAYS. September 13, 2011

    OF COURSE TEXAS HOODRATS PREFER VOCAL FLOP BIBLES OVA DA REAL DEAL.DNT B MAD THAT QUEEN MONICA SLAYS TRANDY’S NONSINGING VOCAL FLOP BIBLE ASS.

  25. Brandy4eva September 13, 2011

    im not from texas babe.
    not everyone is trailer trash like YEW.
    now SIT.

  26. PEACE OF WEAVE September 13, 2011

    Nothing against Jordan!

    BUT!

    People will critise her no matter what.
    This role was meant for Aaliyah so no matter what people will still be like ‘oh, she was good but Aaliyah would have been better’

    It’s like someone offering you human hair weave then you finding out that infact that b**** sewed your ass up with none other than some fake 2nd rate horse mane.

    PEACE OF WEAVE HAS SPOKEN.

  27. Brandy4eva September 13, 2011

    I’m sure you know all about wigs and weaves so i wont argue with u on that.

    but gurl her name is JORDIN!

  28. VA STAND UP!!! September 13, 2011

    Ugh! Here we go! Look, I am an Aaliyah fan, I am a HUGE Aaliyah fan, but why do people act like she was this untouchable being?! Let’s face it, Aaliyah was NOT the best singer, actress or performer! She may have left her mark in theshort time that she was here but there were certainly others that could have easily outshined her! Let’s be real!

    The girl is dead, she died ten years ago! Of course they are gonna have to replace her in movies cause she is NOT here anymore! What other choice do the directors have?!? Should they just not make the movie just because some people can’t see anyone else in her place? That’s ridiculous! They replaced her in Honey and The Matrix sequels too, those movies did just fine without her in them. We all know how huge the Matrix films were so clearly her not being in them didn’t hurt the film at all.

    Aaliyah was only in 2 movies her entire career and its not like either of those movies or her performance were Oscar contenders. We really didn’t get to see her true talent as an actress so who are ya’ll to criticize Jordin’s acting ability when we haven’t even seen it yet? Obviously the producers saw something in Jordin they liked that’s why she got the part!

    We will never know what Aaliyah COULD have been, but we just have to let it go. Don’t attack other artists, such as Bey or Jordin, because they are here to enjoy opportunities that Aaliyah can’t! Do you really think Aaliyah would want her fans to be disrespectful to other artist on her behalf?! No because she wasn’t that type of person! Jordin got the role,
    deal with it!

    Anywho, congrats to Jordin! Its a good look for her since her singing career has been kinda stalled recently. I guess we shall see if she can act well enough to pull it off. I am skeptical but I won’t judge until I’ve seen it. I’m always sketical when they remake a classic, cause it’s usually never as good as the first, but I guess we will see.

  29. PEACE OF WEAVE September 13, 2011

    LAWWD.

    MY BAD

    SORRY JORDIN GURRLLLLLLL.!

  30. JAY September 13, 2011

    Jordin lacks any kind of edge. That’s why her music career has been rocky at best and thats why she is not a good fit for this part.

    Unless they are going for a disney, show tunes type of movie.

  31. Madonnalover September 13, 2011

    @VA STAND UP
    You always writing LONG ASS PARAGRAPHS. Anyway, I agree with what you said lol!

  32. DC3 FOREVER September 13, 2011

    Keke Palmer was offered this role. She should have end up playing it, She is a REAL ACTRESS. And an ok singer.

  33. i’m a billy goat…baa September 13, 2011

    YEAH 3X for this move!! Love you Whit-Whit….good for you Jodin!!

  34. Jasmine September 13, 2011

    I think this role would have been best acted by Aaliyah. Since my girl is in heaven, I don’t know who could play the role. I don’t think Jordin should play lead, it should be someone with a higher celebrity like Raven or KeKe Palmer would be good.

  35. BrealK September 13, 2011

    I can see Keke Palmer playing the role. I hope Jordin does well. Everyone deserves a chance to pursue their dreams.

  36. Tru Voice September 13, 2011

    I hear Drake may join the cast too and Mike Epps has singed on. weird cast right???? We’ll see how this pans out.

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE me some Whitney, though.

  37. HonestlySpeaking (4lopsbiotch) September 13, 2011

    I don’t want to dismiss her just because this was supposed to be Aaliyah’s role. I haven’t seen her acting ability so it wouldn’t be completely fair to judge. However I will say that I could have totally seen Aaliyah in the main role.

    @MONICASLAYS B**** bye Brandy’s Full Moon, Aphrodisiac and Human was better than anything Monica has put out since 2003. She had ONE moderately successful album and your ass is running around like Monica has done something major when in reality she has been a flop for most of her career…sit your ass down and take SEVERAL seats. #SADHOE

  38. Louis Woodz September 13, 2011

    NOOOOO THE ROLE WAS MEANT FOR RAVEN-SYMONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  39. Harlem September 13, 2011

    Congrats to Jordin Sparks and Whitney houst……….black power………….

  40. STR8FACTS September 13, 2011

    @VA STAND UP!!!
    your right, a lot of people give Aaliyah more credit then others might think she doesn’t deserve, but there is also the ones like you who completely discredit her. You say that she was only in two movies for her entire career, you fail to acknowledge the fact that she wasn’t given the opportunity to star in the countless amounts of movies she was already signed to star in before her death. Her singing, acting, dancing was far from mediocre, I completely disagree with you on that. You make it seem as though everything she did was forgettable, and it could easily be done again, when that definitely is not the case; my point is proven with all the Artists who have tried to do what she has done and failed. I agree with you about the comparisons, she shouldn’t be compared to anyone either but it’s human nature, if the movie was originally supposed to be for one person who was actually a perfect fit, and then it’s given to another who doesn’t really have an acting resume, it’s natural for people to show disdain for it. Nonetheless Jordin should still be given a chance. You Never know, maybe this could be her role.

    Anyway, I don’t care for this movie much anyway, regardless to if Aaliyah or Jordin were to star in it. *kanye shrug*

  41. MONICASLAYS. September 13, 2011

    @HONESTLY LYING
    (4LOPSBIOTCH)

    GIRL BYE YHU R LYING 2 URSELF.TRANDY’S MUSIC SOUNDS LIKE S***.HER AND BEYAWWNCE R IN THE SAME BOAT.BOTH R BORING LIPSINGERS WITH NO TALENT N SINGING.QUEEN MONICA CAN ONLII SELL ONE COPY OF HER CD AND I WILL COP IT NO MATTER HOW EMBARRASSING IT IZ.NOW STAY PREZZED U TRANDY STAN.

  42. HonestlySpeaking (4lopsbiotch) September 14, 2011

    @MONICASLAYS It just seems as though you have some issues with Brandy in general as if you know her personally. And I do not “stan” for anyone. I am a fan of her music but it’s my OPINION that her music is better than Monica’s. Deal with it and while you’re at it go back to school and get signed up for those Language Arts classes that you apparently dropped out of. Your typing style is very hood rat-ish.

  43. Sam September 14, 2011

    Well, frankly, all I care about is that Whitney freaking Huoston is going to make a comeback to the big screen. Finally! The woman is a legend and I have nothing else to add. I cannot wait!!!

    As for Jordin Sparks, she’s pretty and she has a great voice. Can she act? Well, I’m sure when Jennifer Hudson was announced for Dreamgirls a lot of haters were saying the same stuff as they are about Jordin now. But Jenniffer without any experience did a great job and won an oscar. If Jordin was hired it means that the studio and producer trust in her. From the videos I’ve seen, she seems a natural in front of the camera. Give the girl a chance.

    Anyways for me though this is a Whitney movie and she’s the real star. I wonder who else will be in the cast, hopefully a few other known names cause I don’t know who the heck Mike Epps is and I’m sure most people don’t even know who Jordin Sparks is. Whitney Houston is the one that will get all the attention to the movie.

  44. sunshine September 14, 2011

    this may just be interesting i hope it will be.

  45. nice_gurl September 14, 2011

    I don’t know if Jordin would be good or not….I think the movie would have been better if Aaliyah did it….but i’ll just have to wait and watch the movie before judging that.

    Whitney is great!!

  46. Bey’knight September 14, 2011

    @STR8FACTS

    you’ll have to excuse me for speakin on behalf of @VA STAND UP but i cant help it cuz u totally misconstrued that poor persons words. 1st he did acknowledge that she’d been signed on to Honey and 2 matrix movies. Thats why those movies were in their comment in the 1st place and they specifically said she was “replaced”. S/he didnt say Aaliyah she was mediocre, what they said is that it wasnt the best. I doubt even her biggest (sane) fan would say Aaliyah was the best singer of her generation. Personally id give her more credit for her dancing but again she was out in the 90s when Janet was still killing in videos/ performances. Ciara is easily a better dancer than Aaliyah.

    How did s/he make it seem like everything she did was forgettable when they statee that Aaliyah left her mark during the short time she had?

  47. royalkev September 14, 2011

    I actually never saw Sparkle, but I’ve heard of it for years. I think I’ll brush up on some classic movies this upcoming weekend and check it out. I don’t have any thoughts on what I should really expect. I’m just happy that Whitney is active and getting back into film. I can’t wait to see ‘Getting to Happy’. I’m a huge Aaliyah fan also, but eventually someone else would have come along and deserve to be offered this role besides her (like someone said, it’s been 10 years). I see that most people don’t think Jordin is a good fit, but I hope she’s up for the challenge.

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.blogspot.com

  48. kingkong September 14, 2011

    I’m so happy for Nippy. I think she will be good in this movie. can’t wait

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