As Fantasia was in North Carolina over the weekend celebrating her baby boy on the way, with her married baby’s daddy Antwaun Cook, producers of the upcoming biopic were busy considering someone else for her role (like Missy Elliot!). Especially if they can’t figure out how to get Fanny to work with on tight schedule.
According to the NY Post, they have had to halt production due to her baby belly. And the executive producer, Adrian Taylor said the Jackson family are not feeling Fanny:
“The family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, it’s going to sully the name of Mahalia. They think she’s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock.”
Wow. And the producers were pissy themselves since she never told them of her pregnancy:
Producers are also furious with Fantasia, 27, for not telling them about her unexpected pregnancy until she was four months in. “She [initially] claimed that she was putting on weight for the role,” an insider said.
Production of the movie has been pushed back because of Fantasia’s pregnancy with her married boyfriend, Antwaun Cook.
Barrino’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 doesn’t agree to start shooting after New Year’s. Missy Elliott has been suggested.
The representative for Mahalia Jackson’s estate, though, says she knows nothing about this objection:
Dino Gankendorff, who represents Mahalia Jackson’s estate, told us, “I’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.”
Time will tell….