whitney houston & jordin sparks*Jordin Sparks is overly excited about her role in the remake of 1976’s “Sparkle” because one of her biggest idols will star in the movie alongside her.

It’s been more than 15 years since 48-year-old Whitney Houston has played a significant part on the big screen and many are rejoicing for her return to that side of the industry. Here’s what Sparks told People:

“She was so cool and very motherly toward me,” says the former American Idol winner, 22, who marks her film debut in the remake of a 1976 movie that originally starred Lonette McKee and Irene Cara. “If I ever looked like I needed something, here she came saying ‘Are you okay?’ ”

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But Sparks isn’t the only excited about the whole ordeal. The legendary singer is overwhelmed with joy to have a part in a film like this.

“Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and the hairstyles,” Houston also told People. “The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits.”

The film, which also stars Derek Luke, is all about the challenges the group of sisters faced once they made it big. It’s due Aug. 10.