Fantasia to Lipsynch in Mahalia Jackson Biopic

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 12:00 am.

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?

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