Tamela Mann, Michael Beach Added To ‘Sparkle’

Posted on November 2, 2011 /Film

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Madea actress Tamela Mann and Soul Food actor Michael Beach has joined the Sparkle remake.

Blackfilm.com reports:

Actors Tamela Mann and Michael Beach have recently been added to the cast of ‘Sparkle.’

The film is a remake of the 1976 film that centered on the three Williams sisters, who began singing in their church choir in Harlem in the late 1950s and went on to become a successful girl group, though their sudden rise took a toll on their personal lives. Remake takes place in 1968 Detroit during the rise of Motown.

“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks stars as the title character, a music prodigy who struggles to become a star as she overcomes issues that are tearing her family apart. Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter are playing Sparks’ siblings, Sister and Dolores, respectively. Grammy winning artist and actress Whitney Houston plays the trio’s mother, Emma.

Mann, who is known for her role as Cora Simmons in most of Tyler Perry‘s plays, TV series and films, including ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman,’ ‘Meet the Browns,’ ‘Madea Goes to Jail,’ and ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family,’ will play Mrs. Waters, a friend of Emma. “I’m honored and excited to work with an incredible group of people,” said Mann. “It’s a touching story, and I’m happy to be a part of this film.”

Beach, a veteran actor who film and TV credits include ‘Waiting to Exhale’ with Whitney Houston, ‘Soul Food,’ ‘ER,’ ‘Third Watch,’ and ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ will play a reverend in the film.

Read more at BlackFilm.com

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