Jill Scott is set to play Mahalia Jackson in the new biopic Mahalia!, which is based on Darlene Donloe's novel Mahalia Jackson.
The film was written by Richard Hocutt, Mark Gould, and Tricia Woodgett, and the executive producer team includes Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Shakim Compere, and Holly Carter. Rights to Jackson’s entire catalog of hits have been secured for the project.
In a statement, Queen Latifah said, "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."
Carter added, “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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