The trailer of Whitney Houston’s Sparkle, which was to be the singer’s comeback movie, made its debut on NBC’s Today show. The singer stars as the mother of three girls who form a singing group and struggle with fame and drug addiction.
The brief trailer displays the daughters in performance and Houston telling them "I always knew you had the gift."
However, no drug references were evident in the trailer.
The TriStar remake of the 1976 Supremes-inspired flick, due to hit theatres in August, marked Houston’s first return to movie acting in 16 years.
Her role as a struggling single mom to three singing sisters was meant to be the centrepiece of a planned professional resurgence - a comeback attempt cut short by the cocaine use and heart disease that led to her accidental drowning at age 48.
"I was flooded with emotions as I watched it," said Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford on the show.
"It reminded me of how much we loved her in The Bodyguard, and in the other films. There’s a vulnerability that she had that was – that really came through the camera," she added.
It stars American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter as Houston's daughters in the film. The film will release in India on December 7.
Cinderella (1997 TV series)
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
The Bodyguard (1992)
Gimme a Break! (1984 TV series)
Whitney Houston in The Preacher's Wife, the last film before Sparkle
Whitney Houston's iconic love song I Will Love You from her most popular film Bodyguard