Jill Scott to Play Mahalia Jackson in Biopic From Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx

Jill Scott on the red carpet for a press junket. Courtesy of Depositphotos

Jill Scott is returning to the big screen. The acclaimed soul singer will be taking on the role of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in an upcoming biopic. The news comes just days after Lifetime announced their own plans for a biopic on Jackson starring Orange Is the New Black alum Danielle Brooks.

Scott’s film will be executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah and her business partner Shakim Compere, along with Clark Sisters executive producer Holly Carter.

“This is such an incredibly important story to tell and we’re thrilled to work with Jamie on the project. Shakim and I are also looking forward to reteaming with our Clark Sisters producing partner, Holly Carter, to share Mahalia’s inspiring journey to becoming the Queen of Gospel music,” Queen Latifah shared in a statement.

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Jackson played a major role in the civil rights movement and is famously known as the inspiration behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. She was also the first person to win a gospel Grammy award in 1961.

Carter also shared her excitement about the new project saying, “I am beyond grateful to be able to partner with Latifah and Shakim again and equally excited that Jamie has joined the team. Much like The Clark SistersMahalia! is another epic story of faith that is driven by powerful and uplifting music. I believe Ms. Scott was a Godsend and will be absolute perfection in the lead role.”

Scott couldn’t be more thrilled about the news. “So so so so very excited for this film. Mahalia Jackson was powerful for more than her spiritual voice; THAT Queen Mother was determined,” she captioned a picture of the announcement on Instagram. “Every story about Mahalia Jackson is worth the watch. I feel stupendously honored. @queenlatifah & @iamjamiefoxx I’ve seen and love what you’ve done as Bessie Smith and Ray Charles. You believing in my talent and effort is tremendous!!!”

Scott has previously had roles in the films Get on Up, Baggage Claim, and Why Did I Get Married?