American singer Ledisi is set to play Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a new biopic alongside Columbus Short, who will star as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story” is an upcoming biopic that will depict iconic and legendary singer Mahalia Jackson’s life and career, according to Essence. Ledisi says she’s honored to take on the role. “I am honored to be given a chance to paint the world through Mahalia’s eyes and sing her songs,” she said.
Working with her will be Columbus Short, who will be playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Short, 38, says he’s always wanted to portray the Civil Rights leader. “I have dreamed of playing this role for many years,” said Short. “It’s truly a great honor to portray a man that has made such an indelible impact on society and to all of ours lives. I am thankful to Ericka for the opportunity and proud to play alongside a wonderful cast.” Ledisi said seeing Short become Dr. King was a tremendous sight on set. “Watching Columbus Short transform into Dr. Martin Luther King has been inspiring,” she said.
The project was written by Ericka Nicole Malone, who also will be executive producing the project. “Remember Me is my personal thank you letter to the Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson, honoring her for her amazing legacy in Gospel Music, Civil Rights, and her shining example of an extraordinarily powerful Black woman,” said Malone.
The cast also includes well-known actors Janet Hubert and Wendy Raquel Robinson. “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,” concluded Ledisi.
The biopic will be directed by Denise Dowse, according to Deadline. Phillip Robinson will assist Malone as an executive producer, and Vince Allen will serve as a producer.