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Fantasia Barrino, the former 'American Idol' winner who was overdosed with Aspirin last year, is preparing for her role as Mahalia Jackson. Mahalia Jackson was a late American gospel singer, in a feature-film adaption of a book about her life will be portrayed by Fantasia Barrino as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Fantasia whose going portray the singer and civil rights advocate's journey from poverty in New Orleans. Mahalia was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, passed away in 1982 at the age of 60 and also became a gospel superstar and ardent supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fantasia's career last year was shaken after being involved in a love triangle and was accused of stealing another woman's husband which leads up to her attempted suicide. The former Idol champ admits that it was not an accident, "I didn't have any fight in me," Fantasia said in a VH1 'Behind the Music' interview. "I didn't care about anything. I just wanted out.