Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Sparkle proved something of a disappointment with lukewarm reviews and an even more lackluster box office performance, but happily there’s another, more promising ’60s girl group movie coming up on the horizon.
Based on a true story, The Sapphires centers around a quartet of Australian Aboriginal girls (Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell) discovered one night by an oft-drunk but well-meaning talent scout (Bridesmaids‘ Chris O’Dowd). With his help, they refashion themselves into a glitzy soul group — a Down Under version of the Supremes — and book a gig performing for Vietnam War troops.
The first feature from short film director Wayne Blair, The Sapphires has already proved to be a critical and commercial success in Australia. It’s now headed for U.S. release whenever The Weinstein Co. sets a date. Watch the new trailer after the jump.