Fantasia to Lipsynch in Mahalia Jackson Biopic

Fantasia to Lipsynch in Mahalia Jackson Biopic

A few weeks ago there were rumors that Fantasia was pregnant.

Published February 22, 2011

A few weeks ago there were rumors that Fantasia was pregnant . However, we all learned that the former American Idol wasn't preggers, she just gained weight to play gospel legend Mahalia Jackson .

The film is titled Mahalia! and 18 songs are approved for the flick, which is based on the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel . Considering Fantasia is a singer, most assumed that she would re-record Jackson's gospel classics. However, it was recently revealed that she will lip-sync.  The producer, Dave LaCour Simien , told the New Orleans Times-Picayune , "We wanted to make sure if we do it, we do it right."

I think this is a good call. In many of the great biopics the actors were lip-syncing: Angela Bassett in What's Love Got to Do With It? , Halle Berry in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge , Larenz Tate in Why Do Falls Fall in Love? , etc.  Mahalia had such a distinctive voice that Hollywood should leave the vocals to her.

Check out the video below of Mahalia Jackson singing "Trouble of the World" from the classic Imitation of Life . Do you think Fantasia could properly channel Jackson?

Written by Clay Cane

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