The Mahalia Jackson film starring American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino will explore the life of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a new biographical film based on the Jules Schwerin book “Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.”

The New York Post reports that the $23.9 million film, to be titled “Mahalia,” is endorsed by the estate of the late singer, who first brought gospel to mainstream white audiences. The film will trace her life from her poverty-stricken beginnings through her rise as an influential performer and supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr

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