According to, Derek Luke has joined the cast of the Sparkle 1976 Remake, written/produced by Mara Brock Akil and directed/produced by Salim Akil. Luke will portray Stix, played in the original film by Philip Michael Thomas.

As noted on the site earlier this month, Sparkle is not a modern re-telling, but just set in the time (1960’s) and place. So far, the cast includes Jordin Sparks as Sparkle, Whitney Houston as the sisters’ mother Effie and Mike Epps in the role of local gangster Satin. Tri-Star Pictures/Stage Six will distribute the film, which begins production next month.