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ICYMI: Jennifer Hudson Will Play Aretha Franklin In Upcoming Biopic, And ReRe Might Not Be Mad It's Not Halle Berry Afterall

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Speculation can finally laid to rest as to who will be playing Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic. The Queen of Soul chose Jennifer Hudson to bring her story to life on the big screen. Deets inside…


2017 was the year of biopics and the trend is continuing into the new year.

This one we’re not even mad at, especially since everyone seems to be on board with the project.

During Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party, Clive Davis took the stage to announce Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will be playing Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic.

Yes, we all remember when Aretha said she wanted Halle Berry to play her young self. We assume her plans to nab Halle for the role never panned out. So, she hand selected JHud for the part. And we’re not mad. JHud definitely has the vocal range to play the Queen of Soul.



@clivejdavis u truly blow me away ! #pregrammy

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Clive Davis has a long professional relationship with Aretha and he also has a good relationship with Jennifer as well, so we wouldn’t be surprised if he too is in the biopic.

The upcoming film will be back by MGM. So far, Straight Outta Compton‘s Scott Bernstein and music producer Harvey Mason Jr. have signed on to produce the film. Harvey Mason Jr. worked with ReRe in the past and he also produced music for Dreamgirls, which starred JHud and earned her an Oscar. Now, MGM is looking for a screenwriter and filmmaker to add to the project.

They’ll be plenty of material to work with for the biopic as Aretha Franklin has a long list of career highs. She slayed the charts back in the day, is one of the most honored artists in Grammy history, became an icon in the civil rights and women’s movement, she’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the NAACP Hall of Fame, the Gospel music Hall of Fame and she has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Good luck JHud! Chick's got big (shady) shoes to fill.



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