Jennifer Hudson Set To Play Aretha Franklin in A New Biopic

Posted 2018/01/28 0 0

Jennifer Hudson has been hand-picked by music legend and the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, to play the singer.


The casting of Hudson, who won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in “Dreamgirls”, was unveiled by music executive Clive Davis at his Saturday night pre-Grammy party. Davis made the announcement while introducing Hudson at the Jay-Z-honoring gala, where the singer performed a medley of Franklin's hits including "Think," "Rock Steady" and "Respect."

"When the biopic of the great Aretha Franklin is filmed next year, the artist anointed by Aretha herself to play her is the next performer. Aretha personally told me that last week," Davis said of Hudson, who, like Franklin, is a protégé of the famed music mogul.

"This artist to us is a transcendent performer. She stops any and every show she's in. Her voice is truly incredible. When they ask, 'Where's the next Aretha, where the next Aretha will come from?' I say it's [Hudson]. She's in the studio right now recording what I hope will be a classic album... she's in the tradition of Adele, she's a singer's singer."

According to Deadline, a biopic about Franklin has quietly been in development at MGM. None of the other main creative types are attached to the movie yet, though Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein will oversee the film with music producer Harvey Mason Jr., who has a connection to both Franklin and Hudson, having worked with the former and co-produced music for Dreamgirls.

Hudson’s  credits include “Sex and the City” “The Secret Life of Bees” and Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” She can next be seen in “Monster”  alongside Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Ehle and Timothy Blake Nelson. She also served as a season 13 coach on NBC’s “The Voice.”