Fantasia Barrino was all set to play the role of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson when she became pregnant. She apparently didn’t let the producers know until she was four months along claiming she was gaining weight for the movie. Now the producers are furious that the movie had to be pushed back and the budget has gone from $23 million to $27 million. The family also thinks she has the wrong image and will “sully” Mahalia’s name.
Members of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s estate are aghast that 2004 “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino has become pregnant by a married man, Antwaun Cook, as she prepares to play the Queen of Gospel in the biographical film “Mahalia!”
“The family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, it’s going to sully the name of Mahalia,” executive producer Adrian Taylor told us. “They think she’s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock.”
Barrino’s pregnancy has also caused chaos with scheduling conflicts because filming has been delayed until after her due date on Dec. 27. Director Euzhan Palcy may be forced to drop out of the project.
Producers are now scrambling to finish the movie by fall 2012. Barrino has been asked to start filming as soon as January and is in negotiations to alter her contract to allow time for breast-feeding and nurturing her child on set.
In the meantime, producers are working to find a replacement if Barrino doesn’t agree to start shooting after New Year’s. Missy Elliott has been suggested. – Source
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