Fantasia is gearing up to play gospel legend Mahalia Jackson gaining a whopping 30-45lbs for the starring role. Mahalia Jackson’s also known as ‘The Queen of Gospel is having her life story turn into a feature-film with Fantasia portrying her.
The Season 3 ["American Idol"] winner is slated to appear in a feature-film adaptation of 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.
The CAA-repped Barrino, whose biggest post-Idol gig to date was playing Celie in the Broadway version of The Color Purple, 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 film will be directed by Euzhan Palcy (A Dry White Season) from a script by Jim Evering, and goes into production April in Pittsburgh and Chicago for a December release.