Ledisi to play Mahalia Jackson in new biopic

Making her the third actress to portray Jackson in an upcoming film.

Ledisi is set to play gospel icon Mahalia Jackson in the brand-new film, Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story.

According to Deadline, the biopic is Ledisi’s second time portraying the legendary singer on the big screen. She had previously played Jackson in Ava DuVernay’s 2014 movie, Selma.

Set in the late ’50s, Remember Me, which is named after one of Jackson’s popular songs, will chronicle the singer’s rise to fame and her friendship with Martin Luther King Jr (played by Scandal’s Columbus Short). The film will also cover Jackson’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Remember Me will be directed by Insecure star Denise Dowse, while playwright Ericka Nicole Malone will pen the script. Others set to contribute to the film include Vince Allen and Phillip Robinson, who will serve as producer and executive producer respectively.

“I am honored to be given a chance to paint the world through Mahalia’s eyes and sing her songs,” Ledisi said in a statement. “Watching Columbus Short transform into Dr Martin Luther King has been inspiring. I am sharing space with so many amazing actors and with Ericka Nicole Malone’s words and being under the direction of the Great Denise Dowse’s I am thrilled to be telling the story of New Orleans gospel legend Mahalia Jackson.”

Remember Me is one of the many Jackson biopics currently underway. Jill Scott was cast as the gospel queen in Mahalia!, a film with Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah. Earlier this week, the trailer for Lifetime’s Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, starring Danielle Brooks, was released.

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Elsewhere on the music front, Ledisi released her ninth studio album The Wild Card in October last year. In 2020, she also collaborated with jazz vocalist José James on his No Beginning No End 2 album.

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