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MOVIE FAB: Aretha Franklin Building A-List Cast For Her Biopic...With Halle Berry As Young Aretha?

 

Aretha Franklin is planning the cast for her upcoming bio flick based on her New York Times Best-Selling Autobiography Aretha: From These Roots, and she is going after the biggest names in Black Hollywood.  See who she wants when you go inside...

 

The Queen of Soul has been quietly meeting with top black actors and actresses, including Denzel Washington and Terrence Howard, for roles in the film based on her.  The Queen tells the BV Newswire, "These actors are enthusiastic about the project and have agreed to take on these roles subject to further negotiation."

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry is the top pick to play a young Aretha.  And Denzel Washington, says he's open to playing the role of Franklin's father, Rev. C.L. Franklin. 'Law and Order: Los Angeles' star and Oscar-nominated Terrence Howard agreed in-person to portray Smokey Robinson. Nia Long is being asked to play Aretha's sister Erma Frankin and Blair Underwood wanted for the role of brother and long-time manager Cecil Franklin.  And last but certainly not least, A-List gospel singers Karen Clark Sheard and LaShun Pace have been asked to play the world-renowned gospel group, the Ward Singers, whom Aretha says most influenced her  career.

Truly a diva, she didn't name anyone who wasn't Black Hollywood's A-list.  This movie should be fab with such a great cast.  I wonder if Halle plans to gain weight for the role if she also plays "older" Aretha.  Or will the Queen be like Natalie Cole and play herself.  We will see. 

 

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Aretha Franklin i love you but Halle Berry is not good to your movie i think Jennifer Hudson is the best
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I like Jinnifer Hudson

I like Jinnifer Hudson
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loooool .... keep nia and

loooool .... keep nia and blair, terrence howard wtf? cause he has light eyes? FAiL!!!! halle? Lets try again ...hmm how about raven simone....hmmm jazmin sullivan ... how about just find a new wonderful black actress maybe not even from the US...this cast sounds too good to be true
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JENNIFER HUDSON ALL THE WAY, HALLE BERRY IS JUST A UNCLE TOM. JENNIFER CAN SING AND ACT, AND SHE LOST WEIGHT, ARETHA WAKE UP AND STOP DREAMING ABOUT THAT EMPTY HEAD HO HALLE. IF YOU SEE WHAT HALLE LOOKS LIKE NOW, SHE COULD PLAY HER GRANDMOTHER. GO SLEEP WITH YOUR NASTY FRENCH HO. SPREADING AROUND STD'S
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HELLIE BERRY THAT FAKE NIGGA JENIFER HUDSON WHAT KNOCK THAT ROLE OUT OF THE PARK
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halle berry looks like aretha

halle berry looks like aretha mother, hhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa, have you seen halle with all that botox, she looks like a starving chicken, on crack, her face looks crazy, hhhhhhhaaaaaa
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Halle would look like Aretha

Halle would look like Aretha if she gained a lot of weight. But yall know that ain't happening. And Halle does NOT look like Lena Horne. Lena Horne looked white and had white features. Halle looks very much black. And so did Dorothy Dandridge. Beyonce looks more mixed than Halle, so that wouldn't really work too well. If Halle got fat and they put a short afro wig on her, a very light tan, she would so be Aretha LOL And yall know Aretha aint having ugly darkskin Fantasia play her ROTFLMAO That will NEVER happen! Jhud wouldn't fit either. Jill Scott may be a good choice too.
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I'm tired of biopics. Why

I'm tired of biopics. Why can't Hollywood do new and fresh movies about black people and feature black people in a variety of movies? Also, having a star studded cast can be detrimental to the film. I think it will be a distraction and kill the heartbeat of her story. Just my opinion. Nia Long is a great choice, but I honestly don't think Denzel should take the role. Halle as Aretha...I can't see it at all. She should have picked a new comer with amazing talent. Remember Ray's mother in the movie "Ray." She was outstanding and memorable in that film.
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And even how the movie

And even how the movie Precious launched Gabby's career. There's always something about a film that gives a newcomer a shot. If you fall in love with the story, you'll likely fall in love with a new actor that nobody knew yesterday. That gives a film great momentum. Even Jennifer Hudson's story had elements of that idea. Though she was on AI previously, DG was her first movie...and it turned into a fairytale for her!
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If Beyonce could act Miss

If Beyonce could act Miss Franklin would have chosen her, but as much as I adore Bey she is a bad actresse. Miss. Franklin wants someone to portray her who has a chance at an Oscar, like Jamie Foxx did in Ray. But Halle is too old now, 44, another, younger actress would fit the bill.
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Woohoo! I'm just glad she's

Woohoo! I'm just glad she's giving shine to REAL actors/actresses and not casting these singers who can't act for shit.. IE Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and all the other singers (male & female with the exception of Jamie) who keep infiltrating the acting world without taking their asses to class.
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lol...halle

lol...halle berry.....really?.... aretha need to stop.
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People think Halle Berry is

People think Halle Berry is too old to portray Aretha as a teenager? Go watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt was 45 something when he played a teen Benjamin, hell he played the entire life of Bnejamin from the birth to the old days. As a teenager when he fell in love with Ctaa Blanchett's character HE WAS VERY BELIEVABLE ( nomianated for an oscar!)! Technology especially photoshop can transform Halle Berry into a young Arethan by erasing all signs of wrinkes and so on. I think we should try to give people the benefit of the doubt, hell Robert Downey JR was AMAZING as a Black guy in Tropic Thunder( or something like lol!).
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How the heck is Halle Berry

How the heck is Halle Berry gonna portray a 'young' anything?? She would need to be able to pass as the teenage Aretha, and while I admit that Halle has held up well, she most definitely is past portraying a teenager.
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Halle did well as Dorothy

Halle did well as Dorothy Dandridge..she's a gorgeous chick. Damn it's Arethas story, she can pick whomever the hell she wants; WTF @ give other black actors a chance?! Her story, her pick!
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I think I read this in Ebony

I think I read this in Ebony and I literally lol'ed. Aretha needs to stop playing. She knows damn well she never looked like no freaking Halle Berry. And to be honest, I'm tired of Halle being the go to black actress like there aren't NUMEROUS talented black actresses out there. Angela Basset, Viola Davis, hell, give Monique and Queen La more roles. Sheesh. Jennifer Hudson would have been the obvious choice but Aretha probably doesn't want someone with some serious talent outshining her. I also think Jasmine Sullivan would have been a smart choice, maybe not completely vocally but def looks wise!
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This woman needs a reality

This woman needs a reality check. I understand Aretha Franklin wants to make sure that her life story is portrayed to her liking, and that by bringing in great actors will make that happen. But when it comes to a biopic you want to choose actors who embodies that real life person almost to the T. Jaime Foxx was dead on for Ray Charles in the movie "Ray", so after saying all that.... um yeah..... where on God's green earth can Halle Berry bring a young Aretha Franklin to the big screen and make it believable. A young Aretha my tush, I mean how young are talking about because I have seen videos of Ms. Franklin in her early twenty's, and this idea is as far fetched as anything. Good grief this will be a pass for me.
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The problem with you it's

The problem with you it's that you are way too predictible! I mean Halle Berry would be a perfect fit simply because no one CAN'T imagine her being Aretha and that's where the challenge is great. The same with Angelina Jolie being Cleopatra, nobody is interested in watching a colored person playng a colored character because it's been done to death. Now, I am curious to know how Halle is gonna handle to play a young Aretha and it might be her comeback! All the names you are proposing are so common, there is no originality in it at all!
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How bout Angelina Jolie? She

How bout Angelina Jolie? She would be more believable than Halle. Aretha is trippin! The question is who is going to play them tittays?!
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LMAO@GUSTONEGRO i heard there

LMAO@GUSTONEGRO i heard there was an uproar because the olson twins auditioned in blackface to portray arethas tittays in the movie. i suggest lisa leslie and cheryl swoops since in reality them things damn near touch arethas feet
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in reality whoever is chosen

in reality whoever is chosen to be aretha doesn't need to be able to sing. J.LO mimed in selena and Angela Basset mimed in Tina Tuners story. so the most important thing is to be able act the role. What age does the portrayal of aretha stop! cause i WANNA KNOW WHO GONNA BE PRESENT ARETHA!
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I can understand wanted the

I can understand wanted the best of the best but umm Aretha you aint never looked like no damn halle berry. nothing about halle screams aretha, sure denzel didnt look sh like malcolm x and pulled it off because he is a superior actor as is halle but all her skill set still are not going to convince us she is a young aretha I agree j hud would do a great job but if i were aretha I would let the ego go and get a very talented new comer to play a young me like the chick from glee or a countess vaughn type someone who has the look and voice and attitude I would even look into someone working on broadway currently those actors sing dance and act their asses off IMO
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Jennifer Hudson should have

Jennifer Hudson should have been the obvious choice to play you and old Aretha. Very interesting that her name is nowhere in that list.
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1. Good to see that Aretha

1. Good to see that Aretha recognizes Nia Long, because Nia should be a hollywood starlet by now and not just a token actress, she's great. 2. Halle Berry, girl stop. Aretha did not look mixed and curly head when she was younger If it's a best selling autobiography the film should be realistic so people can believe. Yeah Halle Berry was a good Dorothy Dandridge but that was believable.
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Whoever she chooses has to be

Whoever she chooses has to be able to sing their panties off, someone who can't sing won't be able to pull it off. Jennifer Hudson could do it and wear padding for the older Aretha. Other than her, I don't see anyone else pulling this off. Sorry Halle.
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Whoever she chooses has to be

Whoever she chooses has to be able to sing their panties, someone who can't sing won't be able to pull it off. Jennifer Hudson could do it and wear padding for the older Aretha. Other than her, I don't see anyone else pulling this off. Sorry Halle.
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I wonder if Gabby Sidibe has

I wonder if Gabby Sidibe has been considered for the older Aretha? J Hud would blow it away but she's too skinny now.
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My Pick- Oprah or Mary J

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OKAY.............Kimberly

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