Whitney Houston May Star in Film With Jordin Sparks

Entertainment Sep. 13, 2011 AT 10:13AM
Whitney Houston May Star in Film With Jordin Sparks Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty; Craig Barritt/Getty

Could Whitney Houston be prepping for her silver screen comeback?

Variety reports the 48-year-old Houston is in talks to appear opposite American Idol champ Jordin Sparks in Sony Pictures' remake of the 1976 musical drama Sparkle.

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Sparks, 21, has already inked a deal to make her acting debut in the remake's title role, as one of the three Williams sisters who comprise a hit girl group. Houston may appear in the film -- inspired by the story of The Supremes -- as Sparkle's less than encouraging mother, Effie. The role of Effie was originated by Mary Alice, while Irene Cara first portrayed Sparkle.

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The project would be Houston's first major film role in 15 years. The multiplatinum-selling singer -- who voluntarily entered rehab for drug and alcohol treatment in May -- also appeared in 1996's The Preacher's Wife, and previously starred in Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Bodyguard (1992).

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