Fantasia Barrino to play Mahalia Jackson in upcoming movie

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Fantasia Barrino will play Mahalia Jackson in her first feature film role. Even though Fantasia won season 3 of American Idol, she is not a stranger to the acting world.  She played herself in a TV movie and played the role of Celie in the Broadway production of “The Color Purple.”

When you step back and examine it, the lives of Mahalia Jackson and Fantasia Barrino have some similarities. Both women have had to overcome poverty and extreme adversity.

I think Fantasia is a very interesting choice. She probably would not have been the first name that came to my mind. However, I don’t have any real issues with Fantasia playing the role. She definitely has the voice for it and due to her upbringing, she can definitely identify with church and Gospel music.

The film has not been given a title yet. Production is set to begin in April with an anticipated release date sometime in December 2011.

What do you think? Was Fantasia the right choice to play Mahalia Jackson?

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  • lois

    i'm happy for Fantasia , maybe it alot of other could of played MAHALIA Jackson but, i believe this is God doing, and he know best. He gives favor. just pray for her, Just like the song says somebody prayed for me had me on their mind and i so glad the did. God has no respect of person neither is he a man that lies. It maybe someone prayers are be answer way back they could be dead in gone but, God still answer payers.

  • NUNNERYBENA

    YES! THIS WILL BE A HIT AND AFTER THIS MOVIE I'D LIKE TO SEE LADY SING THE BLUES STAR ROLE BY ERICA BYDO

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