‘Sparkle’: Omari Hardwick, Tika Sumpter, Carmen Ejogo, and Cee Lo Green Join Cast
A lot of recent casting announcements have been made from director Salim Akil‘s team for the forthcoming Sparkle remake. We’ve finally learned who will play each member of the tragic girl group and their suitors.
Based on Sam O’Steen‘s 1976 film, the remake focuses on three siblings who form a successful singing group in 1960s Detroit, which inevitably falls apart due to their individual personal problems and family drama.
Jordin Sparks plays Sparkle, Carmen Ejogo will play Sister, and Tika Sumpter will assume the role of Dolores.
Derek Luke plays Stix, the girls’ manager and songwriter. He’s aslo Sparkle’s love interest. Omari Hardwick was just announced to play Levi, the love interest of Sister (Ejogo) and the cousin of Stix (Luke). Hardwick’s character turns to a life of crime after Sister becomes involved with Detroit comic Satin Sruthers (played by Mike Epps.)
The pic also stars Whitney Houston as the girls’ mother, and Cee-Lo Green as the opening act for the trio.
Production begins October in Detroit. Open casting calls for extras will also be held in Detroit on Monday (Sept 26).