Fantasia’s pregnancy came to a surprise to the producer’s of â€œMahalia!â€ Fantasia had been cast as Mahalia, famed gospel singer and sources say that Mahalia’s family is upset with Fantasia playing Mahalai because she is having her child with a married man and this could tarnish Mahalia’s name! Production also had to be pushed back to cater to Fanatasia’s pregnancy as she never told anyone she wasÂ pregnantÂ until she was 4 months along.
According to Page Six,
Members of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jacksonâ€™s estate are aghast that 2004 â€œAmerican Idolâ€ winner Fantasia Barrino has become pregnant by a married man as she prepares to play the Queen of Gospel in the biographical film â€œMahalia!â€
Producers are also furious with Fantasia, 27, for not telling them about her unexpected pregnancy until she was four months in. â€œShe [initially] claimed that she was putting on weight for the role,â€ an insider said.
Production of the movie has been pushed back because of Fantasiaâ€™s pregnancy with her married boyfriend, Antwaun Cook.
â€œThe family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, itâ€™s going to sully the name of Mahalia,â€ executive producer Adrian Taylor told us. â€œThey think sheâ€™s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock.â€
Barrinoâ€™s pregnancy has also caused chaos with scheduling conflicts because filming has been delayed until after her due date on Dec. 27. Director Euzhan Palcy may be forced to drop out of the project.
Producers are now scrambling to finish the movie by fall 2012. Barrino has been asked to start filming as soon as January and is in negotiations to alter her contract to allow time for breast-feeding and nurturing her child on set.
In the meantime, producers are working to find a replacement if Barrino doesnâ€™t agree to start shooting after New Yearâ€™s. Missy Elliott has been suggested.
Because of the unexpected bump, the filmâ€™s budget has been increased from $23 million to $27 million.
Dino Gankendorff, who represents Mahalia Jacksonâ€™s estate, told us, â€œIâ€™m not really aware of any objections that the heirs have to the casting of Fantasia. I understand that they were getting ready to film and that she is pregnant, and I don’t know who is she pregnant by.â€
Barrinoâ€™s rep said, â€œThis is the first time Iâ€™ve heard about this. I have no comment.â€
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