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Jill Scott is set to star in Mahalia!, a big-screen film about the Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson.

The film, based on the novel by Darlene Donloe, is executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, and Holly Carter, who executive produced “The Clark Sisters.”

Now, if you’re a tad confused that’s understandable because there is another Mahalia Jackson project in the works at Lifetime that is executive produced by Robin Roberts and it stars Danielle Brooks.

The tea catch is Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx’s film, Mahalia!, has secured the rights to Jackson’s 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.”

Latifah gushed about the project saying:

This is such an incredibly important story to tell and we’re 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 Mahalia’s inspiring journey to becoming the Queen of Gospel music.

Jill Scott is over-the-moon about the opportunity to portray the incomparable Mahalia.

SUCH AN HONOR!!! Mahalia Jackson’s story will be told. Support her story and EVERYBODY telling it. The powerful spirit energy of Mahalia Jackson has earned all of this ❤️ and respect.

Peep her tweet below:

I will be on time for this! How about you?

Source: Deadline

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