Mahalia Jackson Bio Gets Cannes Screening
The theatrical biopic of famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson who will be portrayed by R&B singer Fantasia has been invited to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
The film, based on the book Got To Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel, is still in pre-production stages but has already gotten a nod to premiere at next year's Cannes.
“They've offered for us to do a screening there,” said executive producer Adrian Taylor. “We can either enter it as competition, or we can have it in the non-competition and premiere it, if it's edited. It's got to be ready by April 6 for next year's Cannes.”
Diahann Carroll and Michael Clark Duncan (The Green Mile) may also portray roles.
The film, which will be primarily shot in New Orleans and Chicago, will reportedly begin production in October and be ready for release to the public in late 2012.
As previously reported, Fantasia landed the lead for the film earlier this year and reportedly put on 45lbs to accommodate the role.