Whitney Houston Plans Return to Movies with 'Sparkle'

Singer in talks to star in musical with Jordin Sparks

September 13, 2011 9:30 AM ET
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Whitney Houston performs in Beverly Hills.
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Whitney Houston is planning to make her return to the big screen with Sparkle, a remake of a 1976 musical loosely based on the story of the Supremes. Houston, who has not starred in a Hollywood movie since 1996's The Preacher's Wife, is in talks to join a cast that already includes American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and comedian Mike Epps.

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If Houston takes the part, she would play the skeptical and unsupportive mother of the three main characters, who pursue success in R&B after discovering a love of singing in a Harlem church choir. It's unclear whether or not Houston will sing in the movie.

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