02/04/2012 13:07 BST | Updated 02/04/2012 13:12 BST

Whitney Houston 'Sparkle' Trailer: First Look At The Late Singer In Her Final Film (VIDEO)

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A trailer for Sparkle, Whitney Houston's final film, has made its debut on US TV.

Viewers got a first glimpse of the late singer's last big screen effort when NBC's Today show premiered the trailer on Monday.

A remake of the 1976 original, Sparkle stars Houston - who drowned in a bath at a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the Grammys in February - as the mother of three girls who form a singing group. The film charts the group's struggle with fame and drug addiction.

Houston was poised for a big screen return two decades after her role in The Bodyguard shot the singer to international fame. She was also an executive producer on the project.

The late diva appears alongside Jordin Sparks, who plays a teenager struggling to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. Houston plays her single mother.

The brief trailer shows the daughters during a performance, with Houston telling them: "I always knew you had the gift."

In one of the final interviews before her tragic death, Houston, who also worked on the soundtrack for the film, denied it was a comeback film. She told ComingSoon.net: "I don't think of it as a comeback. I don't think of it as a pressure.

"I think of it as a gift God gave me to contribute to a cast of people who are working as hard if not harder than I. I have two jobs and executive of the soundtrack. I've done it before. In my life it was not that I want to be an entertainer, it's in my family bloodline.

"I can't help it. It is something that God said this is what you do. It's in me. To me it's not a comeback, it's innate, it's natural."

The movie is due to be released later this year.