Fantasia is set to star as gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in a new biopic. The movie will be adapted from the 1993 book “Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel”. “[Fantasia] has been told to gain 30 to 45 pounds for the role,” her rep told RadarOnline.com. The film will start production this April in Pittsburgh and Chicago. It will be directed by Euzhan Palcy and written by Jim Evering (Wayans Bros. TV show fame). Look for it to hit theaters in December. This sounds like a great role for Fanny and I can’t wait to see how well she does!