Jill Scott To Star In Mahalia Jackson Biopic, Executive Produced By Queen Latifah & Jamie Foxx
Late gospel icon Mahalia Jackson is set to be honored with more than one biopic in the coming years. Aside from the previously reported film starring “Orange Is The New Black” actress Danielle Brooks – singer Jill Scott will also star as Mahalia Jackson. Unlike the Danielle Brooks version, Jill Scott’s “Mahalia!” has secured the rights to the gospel legend’s entire music catalog, according to Deadline.
Based on the Darlene Donloe novel, “Mahalia Jackson,” the film will be executive produced by music/media mogul Queen Latifah, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, and executive producer, Holly Carter, who previously teamed up with Queen Latifah for “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies Of Gospel” biopic that premiered on Lifetime earlier this year.
Queen Latifah gave this official statement on the project:
“This is such an incredibly important story to tell and we’re thrilled to work with Jamie on the project. Shakim and I are also looking forward to reteaming with our Clark Sisters producing partner, Holly Carter, to share Mahalia’s inspiring journey to becoming the Queen of Gospel music.”
Holly Carter added:
“I am beyond grateful to be able to partner with Latifah and Shakim again and equally excited that Jamie has joined the team. Much like The Clark Sisters, ‘Mahalia!’ is another epic story of faith that is driven by powerful and uplifting music. I believe Ms. Scott was a God-send and will be absolute perfection in the lead role.”
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