Now, fans of Miss Houston will be treated to one final celluloid performance, in a remake of the 1976 film Sparkle, a retro-musical loosely based on the life and work of The Supremes. Houston plays Emma (Effie in the original), the mother of a trio of young women trying to make their break in the RB world, complete with Curtis Mayfield’s original soundtrack and some new cuts from R. Kelly. American Idol alum Jordin Sparks assumes the title role made famous by Irene Cara; Derek Luke (Friday Night Lights, Notorious) plays the group’s manager, originally played by Philip Michael Thomas from Miami Vice, and cameos include Cee-Lo Green and gospel legend Vickie Winans. Houston also has a producer credit on the film, which is now dedicated to her memory.
Toward the end of the trailer, we get a glimpse of Houston’s big number, and it’s a reminder that she still had it, and of what we all lost.
Watch the Sparkle trailer, including the film’s iconic production number, “Givin’ Him Something He Can Feel,” below: