Fantasia Barrino Lands Lead In Mahalia Jackson Biopic

Movies & TV

By: GangStarr Girl / February 10, 2011

American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino will be flexing her acting chops again.

The Season 3 winner will 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.

Barrino 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. [The Hollywood Reporter]