'American Idol' Alum Fantasia Barrino to Play Gospel Legend Mahalia Jackson In Biopic
Singer Fantasia Burrino, 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.
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 of heart failure and diabetes complications in 1972 at the age of 60.