Fantasia Playing Fantasia in 'Fantasia Story'
Shooting on "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story" is scheduled to begin this month, with Emmy winner
"Fantasia made America fall in love with her through her astounding voice, but few people knew the obstacles she overcame to get where she is now," says Trevor Walton, who oversees original movies at Lifetime. "She openly shares her inspirational story, and audiences will see that she is not only a phenomenal singer, but also an impressive actress."
The movie is based on Barrino's autobiography of the same name. It tells the story of her less-than-idyllic childhood -- Davis and Hardison play her parents -- and her dropping out of school as a young teenager (
"American Idol" changed all that, propelling Barrino to stardom and a recording career that's so far produced the platinum-selling album "Free Yourself."
Keith Glover wrote the teleplay for "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale." The movie is scheduled to premiere on Lifetime in August.