The story of Sparkle revolves around three sisters who become a hugely successful trio in the 50s and 60s. Whitney, who hasn’t appeared in a film since The Preacher’s Wife in 1996 (and in the 1997 TV movie Cinderella), would play Sparkle’s mother, according to an exclusive report in The Hollywood Reporter. Comedian/actor Mike Epps is also attached to play Satin, a comedian who marries one of Sparkle’s sisters.
We know what you’re thinking — we’ve already seen this, and it’s called Dreamgirls. Though the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls premiered in 1981, five years after Sparkle, it’s true the two musicals share many similarities: both revolve around a female trio based on The Supremes, and follow their rise to fame all the way to their undoing. Plus, both Sparkle and Dreamgirls have a character named Effie, and now with their film adaptations, they’ll both star an American Idol alum making their film debut.