Free from any legal worries, Fantasia Barrino is setting her sights on the next step of her career: movie stardom.
The former American Idol champion has signed on to portray Mahalia Jackson on the big screen, a real-life, late American gospel singer and civil rights advocate.
Jackson rose from poverty in New Orleans to a successful career as a gospel artist. She was a well-known, ardent supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr, and an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She died 1982.
Fantasia won't be the first American Idol finalist to attempt a transition to movies. It's gone rather well for Jennifer Hudson, wouldn't you say?