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Whitney Houston, who is set to make her return to the big screen after 15 years in “Sparkle,” recently sat down with Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson on the movie’s set in Detroit to talk about her movie comeback. Whitney revealed that the starring role was originally slated for Aaliyah and after her death, the movie was shelved for years.

“This was [Aaliyah’s] movie,” Whitney told Shaun. “When we brought it to her, she was so enthusiastic about it and she wanted it, to do it so badly. She was our Sparkle.

“Unfortunately… it just didn’t go that way,” she continued. “I put it down. I said, ‘My Sparkle has gone to a better place,’ then we just left it alone.”

“I feel honored; I feel humbled that I am able to still do what I do and it just is fun, actually,” Whitney told Shaun — in an exclusive interview, which will air on Monday and Tuesday on Access — of her return to the screen.

“I think everybody’s going to love this film. I do, I think it’s going to be a loved film,” she added.

Tune in to Access Hollywood for the full exclusive one-on-one interview with Whitney on Monday and Tuesday’s shows.

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