Fantasia's 'Mahalia Jackson' goes to Cannes.

Nicole Marie Melton
Jul, 08, 2011

ESSENCE Music Festival headliner Fantasia will get the chance to attend the prestigious Cannes Film Festival next year to premiere a biopic of gospel great Mahalia Jackson. 

Fantasia is slated to play Mahalia in the film, which is based on the book, "Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel."

“They've offered for us to do a screening [at Cannes],” said executive producer Adrian Taylor. “We can either enter it as competition, or we can have it in the non-competition and premiere it."

The film is scheduled to begin shooting in October 2011 and will be ready for a late 2012 release. This schedule is subject to change since the deadline for Cannes is early April.

If anybody can take us to church like Mahalia, it's certainly Fantasia.