“Singer Fantasia Barrino, the winner of the third season of ‘American Idol’ and star of her own VH1 reality-show star, has been tapped to play gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson in a biopic.
“The feature film will be based on the 1993 book ‘Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel,’ which recounts the life of the late American gospel singer, a civil rights activist who was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project will be directed by Euzhan Palcy (‘A Dry White Season’) from a script by Jim Evering. She will portray Jackson on her journey from abject poverty in New Orleans to her rise as a global figure in gospel and early supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr. The singer died in 1972 at the age of 60.”
Black Voices, By Wilson Morales on Feb 8th 2011 10:37PM