*It’s official; Fantasia will play the role of Mahalia Jackson in the upcoming film “Mahalia” based on Jules Schwerin’s 1993 book, “Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.”

According to the New York Post, the budget for the production is $23.9 million and the singer will earn a percentage of the film’s gross profits.

For those of you who don’t know, Mahalia Jackson, fared as one of – if not – the most influential Gospel singers in the world, was the preeminent voice of Gospel for decades. Her voice was the voice of the Civil Rights Movement and she was a well-respected woman.

No word yet about when the film will begin production.