After holding it down on Broadway in The Color Purple, Fantasia is ready to hit the big screen. The “American Idol” winner is set to star as Mahalia Jackson in a biopic adapted from the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel, where she will play the late gospel singer.
Tasia, who previously played herself in the 2006 Lifetime film Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, will channel Jackson in the Euzhan Palcy-directed film written by Jim Evering, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the flick, she will portray Jackson as she grows up in a poverty-stricken New Orleans and later gets involved in the Civil Rights Movement as an early supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The as-yet-untitled film will commence production in April in Pittsburgh and Chicago and is slated for a December release.
Fantasia may be filling the shoes of another famous songstress. Aretha Franklin recently told CNN that she is considering the 26-year-old and her fellow “Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson to play her in a biopic.