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FIRST PIC: Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter, & Carmen Ejogo Ready Their "Sparkle" Characters

The Sparkle girls are ready for their close-ups!  The new Sparkle remake is already in rehearsals, and co-stars Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, and Jordin Sparks had their first meet-up recently.

 

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Jordin Sparks' photo #Sparkle sisters!! @iamtikasumpter, Carmen and me! Yaaaaaay! :)

Both Jordin and Tika tweeted pics of the ladies from their rehearsal day in L.A. for the upcoming ‘Sparkle’ remake by Salim and Mara Brock Akil.

Carmen, who's been married to James Bond actor Jeffrey Wright for 11 years, will play the role of "Sister."  Tika is set to play "Delores."  And Jordin is the lead playing "Sparkle."

Whitney Houston will likely play the mother and Derek Luke will play the role of "Stixx."  Omari Hardwick will play "Levi" and Cee-Lo has been added as an opening act role.  And R. Kelly signed on for the soundtrack.

EDIT: Post updated with new info from EW.

 

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This will be a mess. leave

This will be a mess. leave shit alone and write a NEW damn script. Ugh.
Anonymous's picture

Mike Epps as Satin

Mike Epps as Satin Struthers?! He never looks serious. Read blackfilm.com
Anonymous's picture

How does Mike Epps fit in

How does Mike Epps fit in anywhere?! Satin Struthers??
Anonymous's picture

Tika does look like she could

Tika does look like she could be Derek Luke's sister. I just do see Jordin Sparks as Sparkle. Alicia Keys should be Sista.
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I kno dats right Alicia Keyes

I kno dats right Alicia Keyes should have been sista! Wat in the world this is a mess
Anonymous's picture

I kno dats right Alicia Keyes

I kno dats right Alicia Keyes should have been sista! Wat in the world this is a mess
Anonymous's picture

U R So Right!!!!!!!!!!

U R So Right!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Alicia Keyes would be perfect

Alicia Keyes would be perfect as sista
Anonymous's picture

Alicia Keys should have been

Alicia Keys should have been the Best Sista character ever! What are they thinking. I guess they want to make a mess of this Classic! What about Paula Patton? She is Amazing and Beautiful.
Debbie's picture

Alicia Keys should have been

Alicia Keys should have been the Best Sista character ever! What are they thinking. I guess they want to make a mess of this Classic! What about Paula Patton? She is Amazing and Beautiful.
Debbie's picture

Please don't destroy that

Please don't destroy that movie. Jordin Sparks???? She makes my skin crawl. The other woman looks like she should be playing the grandmother. This will be a flop.
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Jordin is so wrong for this

Jordin is so wrong for this part she has zero sex appeal.
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Helll YEEE!! Finally It

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I nominate Idris Elba to play

I nominate Idris Elba to play "Satin Struthers".... PERFECTION!
Anonymous's picture

Oh yeah Idris is perfect for

Oh yeah Idris is perfect for Satin Struthers.
Blakbarbie's picture

Here's cast: Paula

Here's cast: Paula Patton-sister, Christina Milian-Sparkle, Kimberly Elise-Delores, Michael Ealy-Stixx, Diddy-Levi, Clifton Powell- Satin Struthers.
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Yes cliffton Powell as Satin

Yes cliffton Powell as Satin Struthers......he is a lot older than sister in the movie
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Yeah I agree that should be

Yeah I agree that should be the cast
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I hate the cast. Carmen is

I hate the cast. Carmen is too old. I though Paula too. That movie is too good to do it wrong. I wish Aaliyah would have had the chance to do it. She was perfect.
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Anonymous's picture

This cast looks dusty

This cast looks dusty compared to the original cast. Aghhh
Amanda's picture

The movie is set in 1968 in

The movie is set in 1968 in Detroit not Harlem as the original. Also the mother is former r&b singer/backup singer not a maid as the original.
Anonymous's picture

Aww hell nah they lost me

Aww hell nah they lost me with Derek Luke playing Stixx! Are you serious?? LOL
TT's picture

EXACTLY..I mean Tiki already

EXACTLY..I mean Tiki already looks like the girl version of him!!!!!!!!! lol #UGH!
TEHE's picture

Jordin's Broadway turn a

Jordin's Broadway turn a couple of years ago was an impressive one, and she received a lot of positive reviews..I once saw her perform a song from the show on Regis& Kel and she was spectacular (look up Breathe from in The Heights musical on tube)..she literally blew me away with her vocals and stage presence. I'm sure she'll make a terrific actress.
jtmb's picture

Tika Sumpter is sooo boring

Tika Sumpter is sooo boring to me. I'm tired of seeing her on every blog. She has the personality of a wet sock
JAzzy's picture

Carmen has sister -

Carmen has sister - excellent choice. She is a damn good actress! This remake has large shoes to fill - the original movie is still slammin!!
talya's picture

Looking forward to seeing the

Looking forward to seeing the movie when its done!
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I love this movie and I would

I love this movie and I would love evn more to see a remake but I AM NOT feeling this cast AT ALL!! I don't think casting was well thought out. If they are trying to save money ... They shouldn't film. Sounds like it's headed straight to Comcast On-Demand.
Anonymous's picture

I am so sick of remakes. Does

I am so sick of remakes. Does anyone have any original ideas. Hell I guess Cooley High will be next.......
Anonymous's picture

hmmm. I actually co-sign on

hmmm. I actually co-sign on a Cooley High remake. I've watched Sparkle several times. Good movie, but it seems like something was missing. With the right direction, the remake could serve its purpose.
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castingcall.com and

castingcall.com and backstage.com has actually reported that Hollywood is in talks of redoing that movie
NYbabe's picture

I think great choices all

I think great choices all around and with R.Kelly with the soundtrack, it should be awesome! Go Jordin! From American Idol to movie star. I ain't even mad.
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Does anyone know if the story

Does anyone know if the story line will be set in present time or be the same time frame as the original movie? I hope they dont do it in our current time, love the way the fashion was in the 60's
NYbabe's picture

Sparkle is a classic, I wish

Sparkle is a classic, I wish Hollywood would just come up with original ideas. They are remaking over alot of movies, their are so many stories that have not been told. Either way hope this movie is as good as the original
NYbabe's picture

Why - leave it a classic

Why - leave it a classic
Anonymous's picture

Ill try to support this

Ill try to support this regardless to support black movies but this cast though just NO NO, i cannot see any of them playing the parts they have been assigned. With all the people in hollywood it seems like better choices could have been made. And Derek Luke O_0 reallly doe? im not seeing stixx AT ALL!!
Anonymous's picture

I always thought Ashanti

I always thought Ashanti would be perfect for the role of Sparkle and Michelle Williams (DC3) as Delores because she looks like the original one. Sydney Portier would've been a good option as Sista.
This One's picture

The Characters of the

The Characters of the original are in their teens....all of you choices are in the thrities and look it.
Anonymous's picture

^^ "thirties"

^^ "thirties"
Anonymous's picture

Tika looks SO Dull with her

Tika looks SO Dull with her hair pulled back.
Anonymous  's picture

I luv this movie I hope they

I luv this movie I hope they can pull it off. I think they picked Jordan because she has a young following. Kids go to see movies. Tika is prettier than the orig which is good. Carmen is a good actress and with the right makeup and clothes she can nail it.
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Sorry, this is how JESSICA

Sorry, this is how JESSICA LUCAS name is spelled. Look her up. She could play SISTER. Ok I can deal w/ Jordan S if you not get JURNEE SMOLLETT for the role of SPARKLE. The role of SISTER IS LIKE SOMEONE SAID SHOULD BE SEXY, SULTRY ,TALL AND BEAUTIFUL LIKE LONETTE IS. Carmen has not aged well and she's too short but she can act. JURNEE SMOLLETT IS STILL MY PICK FOR SPARKLE. WE ALREADY KNOW SHE CAN ACT!
DATRUTH's picture

Well, at least Derek Luke is

Well, at least Derek Luke is not playing Tika's love interest. That would be way too freaky since they look so much alike. Actually, those two should never be in a movie together unless they're playing brother and sister or alter egos.
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Too funny. There is a site

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NYbabe's picture

LMAO!!! You stupid! ...But

LMAO!!! You stupid! ...But you are so right. :D
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LMFAOOOOOOOO! THAT SHIT IS

LMFAOOOOOOOO! THAT SHIT IS FUNNY AND SOO TRUE!!!
ohyes's picture

In all my years I have never

In all my years I have never seen so many ppl upset about the casting. Hopefully this works out for them because I really want to see more box-office successful black films being made. If those women, or their ppl read these blog they better up their game and work like they have never worked before to breathe electric life into those characters.
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