Fantasia Barrino, the former ‘American Idol’ winner and VH1 reality star, is preparing for her return to the silver screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the multitalented performer will be playing the role of Mahalia Jackson, a late American gospel singer, in a feature-film adaption of a book about her life.

Fantasia will portray the singer and civil rights advocate’s journey from poverty in New Orleans to a gospel superstar and ardent supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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