Danielle Brooks to Star in ‘The Mahalia Jackson Story’

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Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks is taking us to church. Brooks will play gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson in a biopic on Lifetime.

The television film will be executive produced by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts who recently locked in a four-movie deal with the network.

The project’s announcement comes after the success of Lifetime’s biopic on The Clark Sisters which became the network’s highest-rated original movie since 2016.

Robin Roberts Presents: The Mahalia Jackson Story will be directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (Steel Magnolias).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will trace Jackson’s life and career as she became arguably the best-known gospel singer in the mid-20th century and the famed civil rights activist who sang at the 1963 March on Washington.

“Having had the privilege of working with Kenny on Steel Magnolias and Robin Roberts on Stolen by My Mother, I am ecstatic to have them join forces to work together on this special project,” said Tanya Lopez, executive vp movies, limited series and original movie acquisitions for Lifetime and LMN. “Adding Danielle Brooks as Mahalia is icing on the cake. This team is committed in celebrating the legacy of Mahalia and reintroducing her to a world that needs her spirit more than ever.”

If you’ve never heard Brooks sing, do yourself a favor and watch the video below:

There are no details on when the biopic will arrive, but if one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be heaven-sent.

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Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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