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Fantasia Earning Percentage Of Box Office Gross For Mahalia Jackson Film

In addition to gaining a reported 45 pounds to play Mahalia Jackson in a new film role, singer Fantasia Barrino is set to gain more money in her wallet.

As previously reported, the singer nabbed the lead role in the film about the gospel singer based on Jules Schwerin’s 1993 book ‘Got To Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.’

Now according to The New York Post, the songstress has signed a deal to earn a percentage of the film’s box office gross, an unheard of practice for a beginning actress like herself.

Additionally there are reports that the film already has a budget of $23.9 million.

The movie has also received the blessing of Jackson’ estate who has granted worldwide rights to Mahalia’s story, the name “Mahalia” and “Mahalia Jackson” and several of her recordings.

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