Fantasia To Star In Feature Film Biopic As Gospel Legend

Grammy nominee Fantasia Barrino has been cast as American gospel singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson in a feature film of the singer’s life. While this isn’t the first time Fantasia starred in a biopic, it’s the first time she’s playing someone other than herself. The film goes into production in April and will reportedly be out in December — just in time for Oscar season! Hey, if Jennifer Hudson can finish seventh place on American Idol and win an Academy Award, surely the champion from that same season’s competition can do the same?  [Billboard]