Debbie Allen has agreed to direct Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story.
The film stars Viola Davis, Loretta Devine, Kadeem Hardison, and newcomer Jamia Simone Nash in the Lifetime original movie. Fantasia Barrino was the third winner of the FOX reality show, American Idol in 2004; she grew up as a teenage single mother who overcame poverty, sexual abuse and illiteracy.
The Hollywood Reporter says Barrino is set to play herself in the movie, which will premiere in August on Lifetime. Davis and Hardison will portray Fantasia's parents, Diane and JoJo Barrino, while Devine has been cast as her grandmother Addie Collins. Nash will play the young Fantasia.