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On February 11, we lost Whitney Houston, one of the great voices of the 20th century, but the "Bodyguard" star will take one final bow in the role she shot for the big razzle-dazzle remake of 1976 cult classic "Sparkle."

The 2012 version will hit theaters on August 17, but TriStar Pictures saw fit to debut some new footage from the trailer on "The Today Show" (via MSNBC), and just this small glimpse announces that her role as faded singer Emma will not only echo her own life struggles but could bring posthumous accolades to the most-awarded female singer of all-time.

Originally intended as a major comeback for the then 48-year-old Houston, who hadn't made a feature since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife," her character is a feisty, proper mother raising three daughters, including the Motown-inspired singing sensation of the title. Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, and lead Jordin Sparks all shine as the sexy trio, »

- Max Evry

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