Singer/songwriter KEM has signed on to the cast of the dramatic movie, Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 film of the same name. The ’76 version was directed by Sam O’Steen and starred Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, and Dwan Smith.
The remake is set to star Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, and Cee Lo Green. KEM will play, according to the press release, a club owner and Master of Ceremonies named Buddy.
Production is currently underway in Detroit, Michigan.
“I’ve always had the idea that I’d like to try my hand at acting one day, and I’m very thankful to have the chance to do that with a classic film such as Sparkle,” stated KEM. “That the film is set in Detroit and being filmed in Detroit only enhances this extraordinary experience for me.”
More on KEM [Courtesy of Project Producers, LLC]:
Motown Recording Artist KEM recently headlined his sold-out national ‘Intimacy Tour’ with Special Guests Musiq Soulchild & Ledisi. His latest CD, Intimacy, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums list in August 2010. Intimacy garnered national acclaim, including two Grammy award nominations, a Soul Train award nomination and a BET Centric Award nomination. In February of 2001, KEM independently released his first CD, Kemistry, sold nearly 15,000 CD’s, piquing the interest of Universal Motown. The label signed KEM to a five-record deal in November 2001 and re-released Kemistry. KEM previewed music from his second release, KEM Album II, for audiences on a 20-city underground tour, after which the CD was certified gold after just two weeks of release in May 2005.
Source: Project Producers, LLC – November 4, 2011