‘Sparkle’ New Behind The Scenes Photos, Producer Responds to casting criticism

Debra Martin Chase, the film producer behind the upcoming ‘Sparkle’ remake, is speaking out in defense of the project after backlash over the casting. If you don’t know who she is, the former lawyer was named one of the Top 50 Powerbrokers in Hollywood by Black Enterprise magazine.Chase is the first African American female producer to have a solo producing deal at a major studio.

In a recent interview with The Urban Daily‘s ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, the producer responded to criticism over the controversial casting of Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in the new ‘Sparkle’ remake.

Whitney Houston, Mike Epps in 'Sparkle'

On casting Whitney Houston:

“She’s Whitney Houston, come on! She’s gone from The Bodyguard to Waiting To Exhale. She loves this movie and we’ve been working on this project for over 11 years, and it’s very dear to her heart. Ironically when we first started she had aged out of the Sister’s role and she was too young to play the mother. We are staying very true to the spirit of the original movie, but we’ve made some updates that will make it more interesting. Whitney is very excited, and she’s going to be fabulous.”

Mike Epps, Jordin Sparks in 'Sparkle'

On casting Jordin Sparks:

She’s perfect. Obviously she has an amazing voice and she has just the right quality about her. She’s young and still has that innocence about her, but sophistication as well. People will be thrilled to see that she’s a wonderful actress. She has great raw talent and instincts—she’s going to knock this out of the park.

Read the full interview here.

(Photos: Mike Epps)

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