Danielle Brooks To Play Mahalia Jackson In Biopic

Written by on August 3, 2020

The lifetime of one of the vital revered Gospel singers to ever exist is coming to Lifetime courtesy of Robin Roberts.

In keeping with Deadline, Robin Roberts Presents: The Mahalia Jackson Story is a part of a four-picture deal the GMA host signed with Lifetime. The film will star Danielle Brooks, finest recognized for  her function in Orange Is The New Black and will probably be directed by Kenny Leon, who most just lately directed Kerry Washington in final yr’s American Son.

Tanya Lopez, EVP of Films, Restricted Collection & Unique Film Acquisitions, instructed Deadline “Having had the privilege of working with Kenny on Metal Magnolias and Robin Roberts on Stolen by my Mom, I’m ecstatic to have them be a part of forces to work collectively on this particular mission.”

She continued, “Including Danielle Brooks as Mahalia is icing on the cake. This workforce is dedicated in celebrating the legacy of Mahalia and reintroducing her to a world that wants her spirit greater than ever.”

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Brooks wrote on Twitter about touchdown the function, “Been manifesting this one for 5 years and the time has lastly come.”

Born on Oct. 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Mahalia Jackson is called one of many first superstars of Gospel music and coined the “Queen of Gospel.” Jackson usually lent her highly effective voice to the civil rights motion. She sang on the 1963 March on Washington on the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in addition to at his funeral. 

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