Well if this isn’t controvery I don’t know what is. Reports are saying that the estate for Mahalia Jackson is not feeling Fantasia Barrino playing the role of the late gospel singer in a biopic due out in the fall of 2012 because she is having a child out of wedlock for the second time. “The family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, it’s going to sully the name of Mahalia. They think she’s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock,” executive producer for the movie, Adrian Taylor, told the New York Post.
27-year-old Barrino is six months pregnant and the father of her child is her married boyfriend Antwaun Cook. This could be another reason Jackson’s estate is not comfortable with Barrino playing the great gospel singer. According to the Post, the producers of the movie have started to look for someone to replace her. They are upset because the R&B singer initially didn’t tell them about her pregnancy until she was four months along. In the beginning, she told them that she was just putting on weight for the role.
Her pregnancy has caused major delays in the film’s schedule. Her due date is Dec 27. and she is expected to start shooting in Jan. 2012. Negotiations are currently taking place to allow Barrino to breast feed and nurture her baby boy while on the set. If she is unable to begin shooting so soon after giving birth, the producers will have to find a replacement. Producers have suggested Missy Elliot.
Do you think Fantasia should still be allowed to play the role? And do you agree with the concerns of the Jackson estate? Talk about it!