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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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Please don't do this. This is

Please don't do this. This is a disaster in the making! I love Carmen Ejogo but she's to old for this part. I think that (JESSICA LUCUS) from Big Mamas house would do good in this role as SISTER. She already can sing. If not JESSICA LUCUS try to get ZOE SALDANA she also has a good voice. Now the role of SPARKLE should be played by (JURNEE SMOLLETT) she also has a good singing voice. Nothing against Jordan Sparks but even Simon said she was just a little too cheesy and I don't know if she can even act. The other part that Tika plays does not really matter who plays this character because it's a small part. THIS WILL NOT WORK W/ THE CAST YOU HAVE! Mara Brock Akil you KNOW better than this. You were the one that put together the Girlfriends Show cast. THIS WILL BE AN EPIC FAIL. RE-CAST IMMEDIATELY PLEASE! CAST RIGHT OR DON'T MAKE THE MOVIE AT ALL! MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST TRY TO FIND SOME ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
DATRUTH's picture

Jordan Sparks as Sparkle??? I

Jordan Sparks as Sparkle??? I already know this movie is gonna be a big a** flop!!!
Anonymous's picture

Wait until the movie comes

Wait until the movie comes out! Geez. Pull your panties out your asses! Or maybe your tampon has been in too long. Negative Nancys. smh
Anonymous's picture

Omg this entire cast is

Omg this entire cast is unattractive! & they couldn't get better actors?! This is an epic failure. Stop with the remakes!
Amanda's picture

HOLD UP!! Jason Duerulo was

HOLD UP!! Jason Duerulo was dating Tika Sumpter first and just recently he was spotted out and about with Jordin Sparks?!?! I wonder if both ladies know this and how do they feel about it LOL..By the way he is a BIG JOKE to me he doesn't like black women and is using them so he can appeal to more urban audiences more THATS ALL!!
GlitterNGold's picture

this sounds like a big mess

this sounds like a big mess
medschoolmelanie's picture

Yes Paula would have been

Yes Paula would have been perfect as sister in looks but she doesn't sing? so is that really fair. And they could have made Ciara Delores and jsut made her wear a short wig and very little makeup. No imaginatin Hollyweird!
Anonymous's picture

Paula Patton does sing

Paula Patton does sing
Belle's picture

TV Movie at its best. Sorry

TV Movie at its best. Sorry cast and Sparkle should have been Christina Milian hands down. They could have tanned her to play the role. I could even see Keri Hilson as sister.
Anonymous's picture

OMG No. Just no. SMH @

OMG No. Just no. SMH @ Christina Millian.
Whatever's picture

Cancel!! Make another movie

Cancel!! Make another movie but don't call it a remake...please don't fck up Sparkle!
Anonymous's picture

Carmen looks too old! Tika is

Carmen looks too old! Tika is actually a little too attractive, that character struggles with not being as "attractive" as the other two....Well Tika is prettier with a better body than Jordin in my opinion. And Jordin is not enviable. She doesn't have any "IT" factor. She's a sweet girl, but not the essence of a Sparkle character. We've never seen her act. So her first time out she's leading a movie! I think this will be a big mistake. I think someone like a KeKe Palmer would have made a perfect Sparkle. She has that young innocent look and that dynamite personality. She's def a star. Just my opinion.
Anonymous's picture

Stop... start ova... it's not

Stop... start ova... it's not too late! Jordan (yes) What a cutie!!! Tika (I guess) She very well could pull it off. Carmen (NO) She looks like their mom!!! For reals, stop and start ova!
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Anonymous's picture

So sick of REMAKES! Black

So sick of REMAKES! Black writers needs to step up and write fresh original scripts.
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Love, love, LOVE Carmen

Love, love, LOVE Carmen Ejogo, but... she's too old for this part.
Jen's picture

AND... they should've gotten

AND... they should've gotten someone with real acting chops to play the mother. Mary Alice will be a hard act to follow. I think S. Epatha Merkerson would have been a better choice.
Jen's picture

Derek Luke as Stix? He's a

Derek Luke as Stix? He's a great actor but I can't see him as Phillip-Michael Thomas. Shouldn't they get people who look similar to the original? When I saw Carmen, i immediately knew she was going to play "Sister." I can see this cast. Aaliyah was actually supposed to do this movie, so, it's been in the works for years.
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Dang, can Whitney get started

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Anonymous's picture

hmmmm not sure about this

hmmmm not sure about this cast choice...on another note thank you natasha for FINALLY fixing the mobile site it was pissing me and others off. lmao @ derek luke and his twin tika being in the same movie...jordin looks adorable
litebrite's picture

I am a HUGE fan of the

I am a HUGE fan of the original Sparkle & this casting is not right. I hope they prove me wrong.
Miss T's picture

Ugggghhh!! WHY do they always

Ugggghhh!! WHY do they always have to do a remake of classic movies??? I hate that! Why couldn't they just write a new movie for these girls and leave the original Sparkle alone. This will definitely be a bust!
Anonymous's picture

NOT HAPPY WITH THIS CAST AT

NOT HAPPY WITH THIS CAST AT ALL. SPARKLE IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVES AND THIS IS JUST DISRESPECTFUL.
Anonymous's picture

Really! I couldn't agree with

Really! I couldn't agree with you more. It's so rare for a remake of a movie to be just as good or better than the original. They should've left well-enough alone & did something new & original.
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Noooooooooooooooooooooo!

Noooooooooooooooooooooo! ruined my favorite movie!
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Looking forward to seeing

Looking forward to seeing this.
angelita's picture

Carmen looks so much older

Carmen looks so much older than Jordin & Tika
Anonymous2u's picture

I can c Jordan as Sparkle;

I can c Jordan as Sparkle; she betta come hard tho! Not too sure abt Tika; I know she's the "it" girl but I still hvent seen a thing she's in. Not too sure abt Carmen either; thy shud have gotten someone taller or something.
Anonymous's picture

I read a few days ago that

I read a few days ago that Derek Luke was playing Stixx and Cee-Lo was just playing an opening act
Anonymous's picture

I read a few days ago that

I read a few days ago that Derek Luke was playing Stixx and Cee-Lo was just playing an opening act
Anonymous's picture

I read a few days ago that

I read a few days ago that Derek Luke was playing Stixx and Cee-Lo was just playing an opening act
Anonymous's picture

Jordin works for me, Tika is

Jordin works for me, Tika is fine, Omari is fine, and everyone else gets the side-eye for the casting. Is Whitney really supposed to be the model of quiet dignity? Is Mike Epps supposed to be an irresistable bad man? Is Derek Luke supposed to be the finest fantasy dream boyfriend you've ever seen? He's not bad looking, but really. I will hold my judgement on Carmen since I don't remember ever seeing her act, but I feel in my heart that was Paula Patton's part.
Whatever's picture

"Sister" was tall, sultry and

"Sister" was tall, sultry and sexy. NO! "Delores" ok, non factor. "Sparkle", remains to be seen. I'm honestly not happy with this cast at all. GOOD LUCK. Those who haven't see the original for first and you'll understand. smh
Anonymous's picture

I think Shemar Moore should

I think Shemar Moore should be Stixx.
Anonymous's picture

He is fine as hell but too

He is fine as hell but too old to be Sparkle's love interest. I'm surprised they didn't try to cast Chris Brown. That sure would have got them some attention! LMBAO
Whatever's picture

The writer of this blog

The writer of this blog changed her story to reflect the facts. Good lord, Cee Lo Green is just an opening act in the movie. Derek Luke will play Stixx. . . .thank goodness.
Anonymous's picture

I read a few days ago that

I read a few days ago that Derek Luke was playing Stixx and Cee-Lo was just playing an opening act
Anonymous's picture

I heard that Derek Luke has

I heard that Derek Luke has been cast a Stix. I think Natasha has got it wrong. I don't think anybody who has seen the movie would have Cee-lo protray Stix. Luke isn't even fine enough to play the role...but Cee-lo is a hell of a strecth!
Anonymous's picture

I read a few days ago that

I read a few days ago that Derek Luke was playing Stixx and Cee-Lo was just playing an opening act
Anonymous's picture

The person go it wrong

The person go it wrong regarding the casting: The cast of Sparkle is growing by the minute! Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the Grammy-winning multi-platinum R&B singer and mentor on NBC’s The Voice, Cee Lo Green has joined the cast, which already includes American Idol winner Jordin Sparks in the title role of an aspiring music star. Whitney Houston has signed on to play her mother. Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter have also signed up to play Sparkles’ sisters, Sister and Dolores. Cee Lo Green will play the group’s opening act. Omari Hardwick, will play one of the love interests for Ejogo’s character and Derek Luke and Mike Epps round out the cast. http://blackthespian.com/sparkle-cast-continues-to-grow/
Anonymous's picture

I'm sure that's erroneous Cee

I'm sure that's erroneous Cee lo being Stixx. It's supposed to be that dude Derek Luke which is still a miscast. He should play Levi or Satin. I guess since it's DV involved many well knowns didn't cast for it. I'll be darn If Tyrese would not have been great as Satin! imo
Anonymous's picture

Idris would be perfect! But I

Idris would be perfect! But I can see Tyrese....Maybe Usher should play Stucco, he was suppose do it when Aaliyah was going play Sparkle...
Anonymous's picture

Idris would be perfect! But I

Idris would be perfect! But I can see Tyrese....Maybe Usher should play Stucco, he was suppose do it when Aaliyah was going play Sparkle...
Anonymous's picture

I love the classic(those

I love the classic(those characters) were on point. Not sure abt the re-due cast! They'll probably do fine. Though I wish Aaliyah could've been here to film like they originally planned!
Anonymous's picture

I don't think Cee-Lo is

I don't think Cee-Lo is really Stix. That makes no sense. Derek Luke is supposed to be in it too, Maybe HE's Stix. The person has to be believable playing a love interest for Jordin Sparks, and Cee-Lo is not it.
Whatever's picture

I love the classic(those

I love the classic(those characters) were on point. Not sure abt the re-due cast! They'll probably do fine. Though I wish Aaliyah could've been here to film like they originally planned!
Anonymous's picture

This is the equivalent of

This is the equivalent of Nicki Manij playing Ms. Diana Ross in Mahagony. Laughable. They should know better.
ClassyLady's picture

I read a few days ago that

I read a few days ago that Derek Luke was playing Stixx and Cee-Lo was just playing an opening act
Anonymous's picture

No Fuckin Bueno

No Fuckin Bueno
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