Jill Scott to Star in 'Mahalia!' Biopic Executive Produced by Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah
Share: Link copied Jill Scott is set to portray the Gospel queen, Mahalia Jackson, in an upcoming biopic executive produced by Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah. The movie is based on the novel Mahalia Jackson by Darlene Donloe. Gospel wasnt popular during a certain era and has evolved over the years. Jackson came from poverty in New Orleans to becoming a platinum-selling artist. Advertisement The singer is known to have inspired Martin Luther King Jr.s I Have A Dream speech, and be an important part of John F. Kennedys campaign. Harry Belafonte once described Jackson as the single most powerful Black woman in the United States. Lifetime is already developing a movie about Mahalia Jackson. However, Mahalia! has secured the rights to Jacksons entire musical catalog of hits including How I Got Over, His Eyes Are on the Sparrow, Move on Up a Little Higher, Amazing Grace and Go Tell It On the Mountain. This is such an incredibly important story to tell and were 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 Mahalias inspiring journey to becoming the Queen of Gospel music, says Latifah.