Fantasia Signs For Mahalia Jackson Biopic

Former “American Idol” contestant and VH1 reality-show star Fantasia Barrino is set to appear in a feature-film adaptation of the 1993 biographical book “Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story 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. Born into abject poverty in New Orleans, she rose to become a global figure in gospel and early supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr. She died in 1972 at the age of 60.

Euzhan Palcy (“A Dry White Season”) directs from a script by Jim Evering. Shooting kicks off in April in Pittsburgh and Chicago.