Jennifer Hudson Confirmed to Star in Aretha Franklin Biopic

Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin

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Jennifer Hudson has actually been cast in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic.

Clive Davis exposed the news Saturday night at his yearly pre-Grammys celebration, where the vocalist carried out a collection of Franklin’s hits– consisting of “Respect,” “Rock Steady” and “Think.” While presenting her efficiency, Davis stated Hudson had “been anointed by Aretha herself.”

Calling Hudson “a transcendent performer,” Davis– who signed both vocalists to his record label– included, “She stops any and every show she’s in. Her voice is truly incredible. When they ask, ‘Where’s the next Aretha? Where will the next Aretha will come from?’ I say, ‘It’s her.” A “humbled” Hudson verified the casting news through Instagram Sunday, informing her 2 million fans, “I don’t even know what to say…Look at God!” She likewise thanked Franklin for the function.

Reportedly, the Franklin biopic has actually silently remained in advancement at MGM. Straight Outta Compton manufacturer Scott Bernstein will produce it together with music manufacturer Harvey Mason, Jr Hudson covered Franklin’s “Baby, I Love You” when she was a candidate on American Idol in 2004, and she later on commemorated her at the 2011 Grammy Awards and the 2014 BET Awards

Franklin formerly stated she desired Halle Berry to play her, although the starlet had actually revealed issues about needing to sing in the film. “I told her, ‘No, no one ever expected you to sing, Halle. I never thought of you as a singer,'” Franklin informed Billboard in 2011, including that the film would mainly include her own recordings. “A lot of movies come out where it’s the original artist and their songs are lip-sung to. That is how it would turn out if it’s Halle. If not—if, for instance, it’s Jennifer Hudson—she might sing one or two, but the rest would still be my original records. We’re definitely going to use the original records. I may re-record some things, too.”

At the time, Franklin stated the biopic would be a “pretty straight-up” account of her life– i.e., “a chronological depiction of my advent from Detroit to New York as a young, aspiring singer.” While fans “already know” some information,” it would also show ” other things that are unknowned.”

At one point, Franklin stated, Audra McDonald was likewise in factor to consider to play her onscreen. The job, which does not yet have a release date, has actually remained in the works for a minimum of 7 years. 2 years earlier, Franklin verified the movie was lastly progressing. “We’ve agreed on all the key points. There’s very little left now [to negotiate], very little,” the music icon informed the Associated Press (through Billboard). “They have given me creative control and that’s all I wanted.”

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