Jennifer Hudson is gonna give Aretha Franklin some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Deadline reports the 36-year-old Oscar winner will play the legendary singer in an upcoming MGM biopic. Franklin reportedly handpicked Hudson herself.
The announcement was made by Clive Davis during his annual pre-Grammys gala. When he introduced J-Hud to sing a couple songs, he told the audience that Hudson will be playing Franklin in Queen of Soul. Straight Outta Compton‘s Scott Bernstein will produce the film with music producer Harvey Mason. The latter has worked with Franklin previously and also on Dreamgirls.
Franklin is one of the most honored artists in Grammy Award history- 18 awards to date. She is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the NAACP Hall of Fame, the Gospel music Hall of Fame and in 2005 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide.
Back in 2011, Franklin revealed she wanted Halle Berry to portray her. However, Berry stated she wasn’t interested due to her inexperience as a singer. Personally, I think Hudson is the perfect choice. During her American Idol run, she sang “Baby I Love You.” Since then, she’s covered Aretha several times. Check out a compilation below.
Jennifer Hudson ‘Baby I Love You’ American Idol
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