Carmen, probably best known for her role as Alean in the HBO original movie Lackawanna Blues, will play the role of Sista, while Tika will take on the role of Delores.
Cee-Lo Green will play a singer who serves as the girl’s opening act.
The part of Stix Warren will be played by actor Derek Luke, with Jordin Sparks playing the role of Sparkle and Whitney Houston rounding out the cast as the girl’s mother.
Editor’s Note: Though I’m not fond of Derek Luke as Stix, the addition of Sumpter as Delores and Ejogo as Sista, is nothing short of brilliant.
Ejogo, wife of actor Jeffrey Wright, was amazing in Lackawanna Blues and is an excellent choice to play the role of Sista. Kudos to the Akils for bringing her on.
As for Sumpter, she is on fire due to her roles on ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘The Game.’ No doubt ‘Sparkle’ will up her profile even more. FYI: I have gotten a peek at the script and it is a complete re-write. The Delores Sumpter will play is nothing like the one in the original.