Jill Scott to Play Mahalia Jackson in New Biopic

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Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx will produce

Mahalia Jackson circa 1970
Mahalia Jackson, 1970 (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)

Jill Scott will play gospel icon Mahalia Jackson in a forthcoming biopic, based on Deadline. Based on the biography Mahalia Jackson by Darlene Donloe, Mahalia! will likely be produced by Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Shakim Compere, and Holly Carter.

Producers have secured the rights to Jackson’s total musical catalog for the movie, which can doc her musical and activist life. “This is such an incredibly important story to tell and we’re thrilled to work with Jamie on the project,” Latifah stated concerning the venture. “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.”

Read Pitchfork’s Sunday Review of Jill Scott’s Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1.

 

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